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Craig Adamson
Rockford, Illinois

Weight:

9.04

Length:

23

Girth:

24

Catch Date:

May 5 1985

Body of Water:

Lake Ripley, IL

Lure or Bait Used:

Tornado spinnerbait

Rod Used:

Diawa

Rod Length:

7

Reel Used:

Diawa

Line Used:

8

Scent Used:

Berkley

Fish Location Before Catch:

Creek channel

Fishing Method Used:

Slow rolling a spinnerbait from the bank

Electronics Used:

none

Preparation:

New line on all reels, sharpened hooks, had a good breakfast and left early

Check Weather?

Yes

How Weather Checked:

Tv Station

Weather at Time of Catch:

Snow

Before or After Front?

behind

Moon Phase:

Were Satellite Photos Used?

No

Stealth Technique:

Walked quietly down the bank and stayed back away from the water

Fishing From:

Shore

Witnesses:

Grandfather

Scale Used to Weigh Fish:

Grocery Store

Bassin' Big Bass Contest?

No

Big Bass Record Club?

No

Member of (Bass Club):

Rockford Hawg Hunters

Years Fishing:

30

Introduced to Fishing By:

My Grandpa

Sponsors:

M&M Upholstery Cutting Edge Landscape Maintenance TNT Marine

Favorite Big Bass Book:

Kevin Vandam "Stratagies for Changing Conditions"

Favorite Big Bass Video:

Favorite Big Bass Hunter:

Doug Hannon

Released?

No

Email:

[email protected]

Website:

Significant Factor(s):

It was early in the morning and cold it had snowed about a half an inch the night before, It was pre spawn and the spinnerbait I was using has a clacker on it I was using a stop and go retreve. I think I was in the right place at the right time.

The Story:

I had made numerous casts to this area before the fish hit. It was about the eighth or ninth cast before it hit. I had tried a slow rolling retrieve, a stop-and-go retrieve, a yo yo retreve and back to the stop and go. The fish finally hit on the stop and go. I had paused the spinnerbait a little longer on this retrieve. It took about ten minuites to land the fish as I was using eight pound test. After landing the fish I could not believe how big it was so I put it in a friend's livewell so we could take it and weigh it. Unfortunatly the grocery store was not open this early in the morning. I was going to release her but the fish died. I weighed the fish about two hours later on a certified scale it weighed 9.04. The Wisconsin State record Largemouth was caught out of this very same lake in 1966 I believe. I think the weight of that fish was 11.03.

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