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Aldo Rosado
Fitzgerald, Georgia

Weight:

14.0

Length:

Girth:

Catch Date:

January 22, 2001

Body of Water:

Fosters pond

Lure or Bait Used:

Rattlin Rapala

Rod Used:

Eagle Claw

Rod Length:

6ft

Reel Used:

Sigma

Line Used:

17 lb

Scent Used:

none

Fish Location Before Catch:

shallow water

Fishing Method Used:

constant crank

Electronics Used:

none

Preparation:

I re-tyed my double trilene knot. Shed off about 10ft of the line since my last visit. I made sure I had my net ready. I also had some back up rattletraps incase I lost one.

Check Weather?

Yes

How Weather Checked:

The weather channel on cable.

Weather at Time of Catch:

Sunny

Before or After Front?

no fronts

Moon Phase:

3/4

Were Satellite Photos Used?

No

Stealth Technique:

none

Fishing From:

Boat

Witnesses:

Father

Scale Used to Weigh Fish:

certified Scale

Bassin' Big Bass Contest?

No

Big Bass Record Club?

No

Member of (Bass Club):

none

Years Fishing:

20

Introduced to Fishing By:

Father

Sponsors:

n/a

Favorite Big Bass Book:

none

Favorite Big Bass Video:

none

Favorite Big Bass Hunter:

none

Released?

No

Email:

[email protected]

Website:

www.aldo.iuma.com

Significant Factor(s):

Lots of patience and perseverance. When I first hooked the fish I lost it after a short fight. I continued to come back until I finally hooked him good where I could land him. I also changed the hooks on the Rattlin Rapala. I replaced them with lazer sharp trouble hooks slightly larger.

The Story:

My father and I headed out to the pond. My father fished with me about one hour before wanting to fish from the bank. I continued back to the cypress trees and threw my trap between the trees and reeled it in constantly with no slack. I like my traps to sound out. I intended to rattle all around the trees but nothing happened. So I went to the middle of the trees and I got a strike. She came speeding towards me and I had a hard time reeling fast enough to catch up with her and she got off. So I turned the boat around and started fishing in the direction she was headed hoping for another strike. When she hit after about 30 minutes or so I was fighting her hard and did not give her any slack. She broke water and I was shocked. I hollered at my father and said I have the big one. He watched me fight the fish and she broke water a second time. It's now been about 2 minutes since I hooked the fish. She was starting to slow down so I thought. When I got her near the boat she took off again running my drag. She was tough. When I got her near the boat again she broke water for the third time. I thought at this point I was going to lose her. It's been about 4 minutes and she took off again down below my boat bending my rod and I thought because of my tight drag she was going to break the line. I pulled her up and she finally gave up. I reached for the net in the boat and netted her. When I got her in the boat I felt a feeling of accomplishment. I was tickled pink at her size. I estimated her about 13 pounds and I was only off by a pound of her actual weight. She still had a fish in her throat that she recently ate and the tail was still protruding from her throat. My rattle trap was hangin on by a lip when it was all over. If she had shot down once more I would of lost her.

Comments:

I have found that bass learn independently after reaching about 13 pounds on up. This is why they get harder to catch. She isn't fooled as much by our lures and tactics; However, it is still a fish and when she is hungry she will bite. Its all about timing patterns and the time of the month and the day.

 

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