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"Fish Chris" Wolfgram
Vacaville, Ca.

Weight:

13.4 lbs

Length:

25 1/2 in

Girth:

23 in

Catch Date:

4/16/02

Body of Water:

Rancho Seco Lk.

Lure or Bait Used:

Castaic Trout Lure

Rod Used:

heavy action Fenwick HMX spinning rod

Rod Length:

7 ft

Reel Used:

Daiwa Regal Z 4000 IA

Line Used:

50 lb braided Tuff-Line Plus

Scent Used:

none

Fish Location Before Catch:

About 100 feet offshore on a weedy 8 ft deep flat

Fishing Method Used:

Casting, slow retrieve, followed by pauses

Electronics Used:

Trolling motor..... and a digital watch :-)

Preparation:

Made sure my two deep cycle batteries were fully charged, and went through my checklist for tackle, gear, food, and drink.

Check Weather?

Yes

How Weather Checked:

With the "weather sticker" on the homepage of my web site.

Weather at Time of Catch:

stable, clear, warm

Before or After Front?

a few days after one.

Moon Phase:

1/4 waxing

Were Satellite Photos Used?

No

Stealth Technique:

Used the slowest trolling motor speed and followed close to the shoreline until in position.

Fishing From:

Boat

Witnesses:

None....... I take many of my own photos

Scale Used to Weigh Fish:

a calibrated Berkeley 50 lb digital

Bassin' Big Bass Contest?

No

Big Bass Record Club?

Yes

Member of (Bass Club):

BBRC

Years Fishing:

34

Introduced to Fishing By:

My late Uncle Elton Wise

Sponsors:

none...... yet

Favorite Big Bass Book:

In Pursuit of Giant Bass

Favorite Big Bass Video:

Bodacious Bass

Favorite Big Bass Hunter:

Mike Long

Released?

Yes

Email:

[email protected]

Website:

www.trophybassonly.com

Significant Factor(s):

Worked the lure very slowly, just under the surface, in a high percentage area, followed by a pause.

The Story:

I had made a long cast with the Castaic trout lure and started a slow retrieve. Pop ! I get hit...... I set the hook, but did not hook up. I make another cast to the same area and start another slow retrieve...... Pop... I get hit again. I set the hook, but again, I do not hook up. This time I just reel out the slack and let it sit. About 5 seconds later there is a big wake which shoots out in every direction from directly under my floating trout lure..... then, slurp....... my lure disapears ! I set the hook, and HOG ON! I think I had it in the boat in about 2 minutes.

Comments:

Released? Yes isn't good enough........ ABSOLUTELY YES! This was not my biggest fish, but maybe my most prized catch. Some less informed anglers have a problem with live bait (my 13-3 was caught on a crawdad) Other guys are against bed fishing (my 14.1 was caught relating to a bed) but this one was caught on an artificial lure, while she just was looking for a meal. Plus I like the photos of her the best :-) This fish did not appear to be really old. I think she could easily be 16 to 17 lbs in a couple more years.

 

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