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Robert J. Jackson
Lockport, NY

Weight:

6.44 pounds

Length:

Girth:

Catch Date:

5-15-04

Body of Water:

Lake Erie (NY waters)

Lure or Bait Used:

Jigging Spoon

Rod Used:

BPS Extreme MH

Rod Length:

7

Reel Used:

BPS Extreme Baitcaster

Line Used:

P-Line CXX, 15 pound

Scent Used:

n/a

Fish Location Before Catch:

Myers Reef

Fishing Method Used:

Staggered lift and drop.

Electronics Used:

Garmin GPS 168 & Garmin 160

Preparation:

It was caught during the annual Make-A-Wish Foundation Lake Erie Bass Challenge. Tube jigs and jigging spoons are the norm for spring smallmouth fishing on Lake Erie. Not much preparation as I just rigged up the rods and got my tackle together the night before, and check up-to-the-minute weather conditions the night before and before leaving in the morning Did not pre-fish for the tournament, either.

Check Weather?

Yes

How Weather Checked:

I always look at the National Weather Service online forecast for my area prior to any fishing I do. For Lake Erie, I also refer to the marine forecast for lake surface conditions.

Weather at Time of Catch:

Cloudy with drizzle.

Before or After Front?

In front.

Moon Phase:

Approaching new moon.

Were Satellite Photos Used?

No

Stealth Technique:

n/a

Fishing From:

Boat

Witnesses:

John Siejak

Scale Used to Weigh Fish:

Electronic flatbed weigh-scale

Bassin' Big Bass Contest?

Yes

Big Bass Record Club?

No

Member of (Bass Club):

Southern Tier Bassmasters

Years Fishing:

"All my life."

Introduced to Fishing By:

Dad

Sponsors:

n/a

Favorite Big Bass Book:

In-Fisherman Smallmouth Strategies

Favorite Big Bass Video:

n/a

Favorite Big Bass Hunter:

n/a

Released?

Yes

Email:

[email protected]

Website:

www.wnybass.com/robj

Significant Factor(s):

The funny thing is that Lake Erie was not producing its typical and more consistent springtime 5 pound fish at this time, but fishing near-shore structure is key to finding those big, smallmouth this time of year. The jigging spoon I use has brought me other large smallmouth - many over 5 pounds and untold 4+ pounders.

The Story:

Again, structure fishing was the key to finding fish, and my 6.44 pounder hit while the spoon was on the drop. The fight realistically lasted less than 2 minutes, but it was a great battle, with huge head-thumping shakes down deep and furious attempts to throw the spoon above water. It surfaced 3 or 4 times, shaking its head wildly and raisinga big ol fuss. After boating it (with a rubber net), it was immediately placed in the livewell for the tournament weigh-in.

Comments:

At 6.44 pounds, it was the overall tournament "lunker" fish, and my personal best smallmouth. Yet, the total weight for our two fish limit was 10.82, making the other fish 4.38 pounds. This second fish was really the more typical size being caught that day. Out of 136 boats entered, my partner (John Siejak) and I placed 8th. That big fish made all the difference!

 

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