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D.W. Verts

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My Best
« on: October 24, 2017, 12:49:41 AM »

I've fished for bass for over forty years, and I've caught my share of big 'uns. And I've lost a few in the "Leviathan" category. But in all that time I had never weighed a fish that topped the scales at eight pounds. It got to be a sore subject with me.

After taking a bunch of years off from serious fishin', I came back with a vengeance last year, and set my goal on that eight pounder this spring.

After catching numerous bass over six pounds in local ponds and small lakes, I thought I was maybe done as the pre-spawn and spawn came and went, but nothing close to an eight... I had one magical day with SEVEN fish over six pounds, plus a bunch more over four and five. A GREAT day, but where was the big 'un I wanted?

Finally on the last day of May, I put a brand-new fishin' Kayak on a small pond very near my home. I expected a good morning- this thing has some nice fish in it, but my previous best out of here just made six pounds.

Throwing a frog in scattered grass patches quickly produced fish, including a couple over four pounds.

I grew up in a bass boat, but I tell you I was lovin' my new Kayak (and I still do). I was diggin' on how stable it was and just flat enjoying the morning when I made cast to a small emergent grass bed on the dam. Just another cast, like the hundreds of thousands (million?) I've made over the years.

I fished the frog out of the grass, then began walking it back. About two feet out there was the KA BOOSH ( I love the KA BOOSH). After I set the hooks the fish began to pull away from the dam. I knew it was a decent one, but it wasn't until it jumped, gills rattling and all, that I KNEW. And I started grinnin'. The fight was anti-climactic after that. It was my time, I knew it. And even when I missed her the first time at the boat, I was still grinnin', 'cuz I knew she was mine.

At eight pounds and an ounce (post spawn, oh my) she is now my best. I weighed her, then shot some video as I let her go. I caught my first bass on purpose over forty years ago, and I've caught my share of good 'uns. But to finally catch one over eight, and on a top water to boot, well, it's pretty cool.

Now for one over ten.

Peace.
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Re: My Best
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2017, 01:45:19 AM »

That's a monster! Unfortunately we can't see whole thing but good stuff
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Re: My Best
« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2017, 08:03:47 AM »

Congratulations :toot:

Thanks for the great story  ~c~
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Re: My Best
« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2017, 08:38:59 AM »

Great fish and a great story.   ~c~
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Re: My Best
« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2017, 11:41:32 AM »

Thanks for sharing your story.
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Re: My Best
« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2017, 11:47:57 AM »

Thanks for your story and that is a great looking Bass and congratulation on your new PB  ~c~ ~c~
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Re: My Best
« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2017, 06:19:17 PM »

Awesome fish and a great story to go with it. Thank you D.W. !!!  ~c~
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« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2017, 07:18:14 PM »

Congrats!

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Re: My Best
« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2017, 10:00:19 PM »

Thanks. I tried to post a different pic than my Avatar, but it refused me for "security reasons". I'm just a dumb Hickbilly- I hate computers. Er, well, mostly.

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Re: My Best
« Reply #9 on: October 25, 2017, 06:30:25 AM »

congrats

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Re: My Best
« Reply #10 on: October 25, 2017, 11:59:55 AM »

Thanks. I tried to post a different pic than my Avatar, but it refused me for "security reasons". I'm just a dumb Hickbilly- I hate computers. Er, well, mostly.

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Dale I think that had something to do with your post count. I'm not sure of the number but I think it is 5 and you have them so it should wor, It's just a security thing making sure your a real person.  lo lo If you keep having trouble just holler and we would be glad to help you figure it out.  ;D
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Re: My Best
« Reply #11 on: October 25, 2017, 07:10:36 PM »

Dale, congrats on the New PB.  ~c~
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Re: My Best
« Reply #12 on: October 26, 2017, 03:08:39 AM »

Wow! Great fish!

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Re: My Best
« Reply #13 on: October 26, 2017, 05:41:39 PM »

Very nice catch!
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