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Mitch Aten
DeLand, Florida

Weight:

5 1/2 lbs and 7lbs 14oz

Length:

Girth:

Catch Date:

5/24/2003

Body of Water:

West Lake Toho

Lure or Bait Used:

Zoom Red Bug Ole Monster

Rod Used:

Kunnan

Rod Length:

66"

Reel Used:

Shimano Curado

Line Used:

15# Berkeley Big Game

Scent Used:

Berkeley Power Bait

Fish Location Before Catch:

Outside Grass Line with scattered hydrilla

Fishing Method Used:

Florida Rigged 1/4oz rattling weight, slowly fished on the bottom

Electronics Used:

garmin depth finder, garmin gps

Preparation:

Respooled all reels with new line. Tied on new hooks, weights, baits. Soaked plastics in Powerbait attractant over night. Said my prayers.

Check Weather?

Yes

How Weather Checked:

weather.com

Weather at Time of Catch:

Sunny

Before or After Front?

Moon Phase:

Were Satellite Photos Used?

No

Stealth Technique:

Used wind to drift down grass line

Fishing From:

Boat

Witnesses:

Jeremiah

Scale Used to Weigh Fish:

produce scale

Bassin' Big Bass Contest?

No

Big Bass Record Club?

No

Member of (Bass Club):

West Volusia Bass Anglers

Years Fishing:

20+

Introduced to Fishing By:

Dad

Sponsors:

none

Favorite Big Bass Book:

Jay Yelas Faith, Family, and Fishing

Favorite Big Bass Video:

Favorite Big Bass Hunter:

Released?

Yes

Email:

[email protected]

Website:

Significant Factor(s):

Read the conditions and changed plans accordingly. We were on some 2-3 pound schooling fish early in the morning, but could not seem to keep up with them. So rather than chase the schoolers, we went to a deeper outside grass line and slowed down... slowed way down. We also used a slight breeze to push us down a bank rather than staying on the trolling motor.

The Story:

We had just pulled up on the grass line and noticed the wind was blowing perfectly to push us parallel down the bank. So we positioned the boat to allow the drift. About my 10th cast with the worm, I felt a slight tick, and watched as my line began to move off to the right. I set the hook, and it was on. The big fish never jumped, just thrashed around a lot. The fight was over rather quickly. We immediately put her in the livewell along with some livewell powder. After retying and putting on a new worm, my buddy said he just felt a fish pick up his worm and drop it next to this little clump of grass. So, I cast over to it, and let my worm settle on the bottom and began slowly crawling it back to the boat. Bam, The 5 1/2 pounder hit. We ended up catching a couple other solid fish on that same grass line.

Comments:

These fish were all caught during a tournament. We did not have a chance to prefish and were not feeling too good going in to the tournament. We ended up weighing in a 6 fish limit that weighed 20 lbs. 11 oz.. Unfortunately, we only took third place behind a 25lbs+ and a 23lbs+ stringer. Big Bass for the tournament was just over 8lbs so we missed out on the Big Bass pot also. But, I guess for not prefishing, we couldn't complain.

 

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