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John Valdez
bellmawr, New jersey

Weight:

6.3

Length:

20.5

Girth:

didnt measure

Catch Date:

4-10-03

Body of Water:

small quarry

Lure or Bait Used:

stanley finesse jig

Rod Used:

berkley lightning rod

Rod Length:

6

Reel Used:

quantum 600 pt

Line Used:

14

Scent Used:

none

Fish Location Before Catch:

in reeds on a point

Fishing Method Used:

swimming and dead sticking

Electronics Used:

none

Preparation:

Just got out there late in the day almost before dark and wanted some time on the water

Check Weather?

No

How Weather Checked:

Weather at Time of Catch:

50 degrees

Before or After Front?

don't know

Moon Phase:

don't know

Were Satellite Photos Used?

No

Stealth Technique:

no splash on cast

Fishing From:

Float Tube

Witnesses:

just a camera was far from civilization

Scale Used to Weigh Fish:

berkley digital

Bassin' Big Bass Contest?

No

Big Bass Record Club?

No

Member of (Bass Club):

south jersey bass thumb

Years Fishing:

12

Introduced to Fishing By:

dad

Sponsors:

timber creek bait /tackle

Favorite Big Bass Book:

Favorite Big Bass Video:

bill dance

Favorite Big Bass Hunter:

fish chris

Released?

Yes

Email:

[email protected]

Website:

Significant Factor(s):

I knew there was a fish in that area and just hit it hard, with confidence.

The Story:

I had just made my cast which was about 35 feet away and it hit with no splash.Let it sink, then I reached in my pouch and grabbed a piece of starburst and opened it when I saw my line tick. So I dropped the starburst and took up the very little slack and wham the rod buried over and the line was stiff. I knew the fish was big when I set the hook. It was that solid feeling. Then it surfaced and got its body half way out of the water. I just smiled and held on fishing from my tube. The landing was smooth though. That was my first real big fish from the tube. Keep in mind in New Jersey a fish of this caliber is big. Our state record is only 10-8 so anything over 5 is a lunker.

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