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Chuck Elliott
Stephenville, Texas

Weight:

10.76

Length:

26 1/4"

Girth:

Unknown

Catch Date:

2/13/04

Body of Water:

Lake Proctor

Lure or Bait Used:

3" Finesse worm

Rod Used:

Shimano Speedmaster

Rod Length:

59"

Reel Used:

Diawa SS Tournament 1300

Line Used:

Stren Original Clear 8#

Scent Used:

None

Fish Location Before Catch:

22 feet deep on offshore ledge

Fishing Method Used:

Vertical Shaking

Electronics Used:

Lowrance X87

Preparation:

Change line on all reels. Check tire pressure on all tires. Check fuel level on both vehicles. Organized tackle. Dress very warm. Silent time on way to lake. Had a game plan.

Check Weather?

Yes

How Weather Checked:

The Weather Channel

Weather at Time of Catch:

Dense cloud cover; 30 degrees

Before or After Front?

Passing low in area

Moon Phase:

Half moon

Were Satellite Photos Used?

Yes

Stealth Technique:

Wind was calm, used Trolling motor on low only when nessisary

Fishing From:

Boat

Witnesses:

Gate keeper, Scale Operator

Scale Used to Weigh Fish:

Certified Meat Scale

Bassin' Big Bass Contest?

No

Big Bass Record Club?

No

Member of (Bass Club):

Erath County Bass Club, Stephenville Bass Club, B.A.S.S. State Federation

Years Fishing:

15

Introduced to Fishing By:

Chuck w. Elliott (Father)

Sponsors:

None.......Yet.

Favorite Big Bass Book:

Buck Perrys Guide to Spoonpluging

Favorite Big Bass Video:

None

Favorite Big Bass Hunter:

Me

Released?

No

Email:

[email protected]

Website:

Significant Factor(s):

Knowing the Stucture that I was fishing. I have logged hundreds of hours on that particular location. And, confidence.

The Story:

I had been working the ledge for about thirty minutes, and had noticed a lot baitfish activity on my Lowrance. The ledge is very small (about three feet long); and after having boated a smaller fish, I lost the location of the ledge. It took me a few minutes to find it again, and after getting my lure back on the deep side of the ledge; I worked it very slowly in one spot for a few minutes and I felt a thump. I set the hook and my line didnt move for a short while. Once the fish realized it was hooked, it made a run for open water. Due to the line I was using (8 pound test), I couldn't put a lot of pressure on the fish. After about four or five nervous minutes, the fish came to the surface and acted as if it was going to jump; but she just rolled over on her side. I knelt down, lipped her, and immediatly put her in the live well, and tried to calm myself down. Took it to a scale, It was .1# off the current lake record of 10.86#.

Comments:

After catching the fish she went belly up in the live well. I tried to stick(with a hypodermic needle)her but felt I was doing more bad than good. I tried several times to get her to swim after taking pictures, but my efforts were futile. I have since been informed that if you have a deep water fish that is belly up you can release it by tying a rig like a dropshot, but with a one or two pound weight at the bottom, crimp the barb on your hook, and use the rig to get the fish back deep before you "pop" it free. I feel horrible for an unsuccessful release.

 

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