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Goose52 pointed out in a current thread about "best" reel to him it would be any reel with a 9 lb bass on the end of the line. 

This got me thinking about some milestone bass that I have caught over the years and what reel, rod , lure and line was used to catch those bass and thought this might be a good topic.

12 lb 4 oz northern strain LMB, Lake Casitas in 1971, Jan 18 early morning. Fenwick 6' graphite rod, Ambassadeur 5000C reel, Trilene XT 12lb line, my new custom jig with purple vinyl skirt and purple Pedigo L3 pork rind trailer. Fishing a major point near the dam area in about 15' of water.

18 lb 11 oz Florida strain LMB, lake Casitas in 1981, Feb 9 mid morning. Lamiglas 6'6" graphite rod, Ambassaduer 4500C reel, Trilene XT 10 lb line, same jig tied with 3 color bucktail hair black/purple/brown with custom L3 barn red pork rind trailer. Fishing the same major point where the 12lb 4 oz bass was caught.

19.3 lb FLMB, lake Castiac in 1993, Mar 3 mid morning  Lamiglas 6'10" graphite rod, Daiwa TD-X 105HA reel, Big Gsme 12lb line, same  color hair jig and purple trailer used to catch the 18lb 11oz Casitas bass. Fishing a spot I call the old folks home on the ski arm, mid morning in light rain about 18' of water.

Tom

 

 

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Tom - some great memories for you and some classic gear !

While I now own Antares, Calais, Conquest, Shimano DC, PX Type R, etc., reels and NRX, Legend Extreme, etc. rods....my 9.54 LMB PB was caught on a St. Croix Premier 7' mf rod, a BPS Pro Qualifier reel, and an Academy H20 lipless crank tied to 10lb Yo-Zuri UltraSoft line - all "value" equipment...:lol:

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Casitas has produced a number of monster bass over the years, hard to beat a lake that stocks trout 9 months out of the year.  

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6'6" St. Croix Triumph / Shimano Sahara / 6lb mono. Caught on a green pumpkin t-rigged senko.

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13.86 ( dang, I still haven't been able to break it and for what I fear it ain't gonna happen soon ... nor later for that matter ) with:

Berkley Trilene Big Game 10 lb test

Berkley Lighting Rod  LR16 5'6" ( yup, pistol grip ;) )

AbuGarcia Ambassadeur 521 XLT Plus reel

Rapala Shad Rap SR7 SD ( still got it, it's all beat up but still catches fish )

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Wrb you should be in the top 25 all timers with that 19lber correct? And it seems like you need to cast a spell on one of those jigs and send it my way.?

and to add my pb was a Virginia slobberknocker that I  caught on a recoil guide loomis 7' heavy, curado I, 20lb super sniper and a 3/8 custom flipping jig 

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Lews lfs speed spool on a field and stream tec spec black 6'6" medium fast with 30lb braid. Caught her on a jerkbait.

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Wow.  I see I need to start taking notes....daily.  My memory isn't anywhere near what it use to be.  PB (a dink by any standard) is a 7.2 lb. while visiting relation in Florida.  Rod was a 7' MH Falcon Original.  Reel?  I take different ones most years.  Might have been a Gen 1 STX-L.  If so, it was spooled with 40# Performance.  But that is only a guess, and maybe not a close one.  :unsure:  If another reel, it would have been 12# mono.

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Mine was on a Abu veritas 6'9" with a Revo S lined with 15# Yozuri, fishing a 10 zoom worm in cottonmouth color with a 1/4oz tungsten weight. Not a monster to some standards (7# 13oz). But the way I see it I have a chance to best it with every cast.

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I caught a 8-9lb LM on a 7' Berkley Lightning Spinning rod with a Shimano Syncopate with 15lb braid and a super spook jr. 

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7lb 3oz. Powell 703c with Revo STX spooled with yozuri hybrid 12lb. Carolina rigged big bites baits Kriet tail lizard green pumpkin.

 

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Quantum Tournament Grade combo 7' MH rod and baitcaster. I've caught my PB and third biggest bass ever on it and it cost $70. They've both been retired. 

PB was 12lb XL with a $3, 3/8oz double chrome willow, white spinnerbait from Sportsman's Warehouse. 4" Mister Twister chartreuse & silver flake grub trailer and a 1/0 Gammy red trailer hook. Out of the hundreds and hundreds of bass I've ever caught on a spinnerbait she was the first to ever get hooked by the trailer hook. I've never had one get it after her either. 

Tom still has me by 10lbs. Well, 11.2lbs actually, but who's counting? I suck lol. 

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PB LMB was caught on 5/18/15. It weighed 7lbs even. I was fishing with my brother. Local reservoir.

Rod: G. Loomis NRX 842S

Reel: '14 Shimano Stella 3000HGM

Line: Seaguar Tatsu 8lb

Lure: Weightless Zoom Super Fluke in pearl white

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Reel: Shimano Cardiff CDF100A

Rod: All Star Pro Series PR826C

Line: Berkley Big Game 15# Mean Green

Lure: Bill Lewis Rat-L-Trap 1/2 oz Red Chrome

Bass: 12.8

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All Star Rod, Johnny Morris BC....15# mono on a 3/8 oz green pumpkin jig with a Yum Dinger trailer. A windy November day with very few boats out. I actually decided to load the freezer with Crappie that day, I only Bass fished at one spot on the way back to the ramp when I caught her. Makes me wonder how I would've done had I been Bass fishing all day.

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Rod: 7'4" Mojo bass glass MM

Reel: Revo SX

Line: 12 lb Yo-Zuri Hybrid

Lure: 3/8 oz Black/Black Cavitron Buzzbait

Weight: 5lb 4oz your pb's put mine to shame

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I caught my pb this spring on my yak with no scale.  The rod was a megabass x7 extreme mission, reel was td ito, line was 30lb power pro with 12lb fluoro leader and lures was a white zman chatterbait.  As I was reeling the lure back in I saw her mouth open right at the yak.  It was not the most memorable fight, but she was a beauty.

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Rod: Lew's Speed Stick 5-1/2' pistol grip.

Reel: Ambassadeur 5000

Line: 12 lb. Stren, flourescent blue

Bait: Purple Mann's Jelly Worm

9lbs.10 oz. October of 1970, Clark's Hill Res. in Georgia.

Tom

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Caught my PB Larry on a MH/F Veritas with a banned reel on a black /blue Chigger-Craw.

My PB Smallie came on a Kistler Helium M/XF, also with a banned reel on a wacky rigged 4" smoke Senko.

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I don't have official weights/lengths on a lot of my best fish because I caught them whenever I was a teenager, fishing with my father and grandfather, so I can only go off what they've told me. But here's some bests from recent years.

2015 - 5lb 1oz. Largemouth - Daiwa Zillion 4.9:1, Dobyns Champion 765CB, Sunline Sniper 12lb, Rapala DT10 craw color

2015 - 4.4lb. Smallmouth - Shimano 13 Mentium, St. Croix Avid 7' M-F, 14lb. Sunline Sniper, Keitech 4.8" Swing Impact Fat on a 1/2oz. swimbait jighead

2016 - 22 7/8" Smallmouth, 3.6lbs (fresh post-spawn) - Shimano 13 Mentium, St. Croix Avid 7' M-F, 16lb. Sunline Sniper, Keitech 4.8" Swing Impact Fat

Mid 2000's - 21 3/4" Smallmouth (no weight) - Shimano Curado Bantam, BPS Extreme 6' MH, 40lb. braid, Rapala Skitter Pop frog color

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6' MH/F Shimano Jimmy Houston Signature Series rod with a Johnny Morris Signature series reel. I had it spooled up with 12 lb Trilene XT and I was slinging a 3/8oz. Terminator Super Stainless spinnerbait with double colorado blades. It was in their bleeding bait series so it had a small built in red trailer. - PB 21 3/4" 6.5 lb Largemouth 190641_1002174227088_3870_n.jpg

Same setup as above PB, but this time it was a 3/8 oz Terminator T-1 in clown color. PB 20 3/4" 5 lb smallie

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This one tied for my PB. I caught it using my St. Croix LTB 6'10" ML/XF Dropshot rod paired with an Abu Premier 30. I was using 20 lb power pro run to a 6 lb Berkley 100% Fluorocarbon leader. VMC 2/0 Spinshot hook that held a 4" Berkley Bottom Hopper Jr. This one was just a hair shorter at 20 1/2" but weighed in at 5lbs even again. 

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First time (5.40 #'s a couple years ago)

Pflueger President 30, 7'0" MHF BPS Tourney Special, 15lb Power Pro braid. Wacky rigged Green Pumpkin Stick-O.

Second time (5.40 #'s, different lake this spring)

13 Conc. A, 7'2" HF Tatula, 20lb Sunline Sniper FC, Lethal Weapon IV Green Pumpkin Orange Swim Jig with Green Pumpkin Kietech 3.8 as a trailer. 

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5-12: Avid AVS63MLXF, Shimano Stradic CI4 2500, 6 lb. Invisx, Crosstail Shad on a drop shot rig.

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An Abu Garcia 5600 C3 on an old 6'6" heavy Daiwa rod.  I was using a black jitterbug with 15 pound Big Game.  I was reeling in as soon as the bait hit the water with no luck so I changed the retrieve up a bit.  I cast out and let the jitterbug sit until the waves were gone around it.  When I engaged the reel the bait moved a little and I had a new PB of 6-02 lb.

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