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Trophy Interview

Rick Vogelbacher
Maumee, Ohio

Weight:

6.2 pounds

Length:

none taken

Girth:

none taken

Catch Date:

April 22, 2002

Body of Water:

Small 12 acre lake-pond

Lure or Bait Used:

3 1/2 inch black and blue tube texas-rigged

Rod Used:

Fenwick

Rod Length:

6 1/2 foot

Reel Used:

Shimano Spirex 4000 spinning reel.

Line Used:

Silverthread 10 lb. test

Scent Used:

none

Fish Location Before Catch:

The end of a natural sand point

Fishing Method Used:

Slow twitching

Electronics Used:

None.

Preparation:

Filled cooler and had camera ready for photo if trophy was caught. Lots of tactics have changed since this time. I now use rods such as a Falcon Cara 7 6" with braided line which I will color 3 foot to the lure. I also try to have two cameras with me at all times, and fish more Trophy waters. I have since caught many 4s and 5s, but when that trophy finally tugs on the line, I will be ready. I'm fishing parallel to the fish zone and being very careful not to spook the big ones. I also anchor much more frequently. So with that trophy at the tip of my fingers I will post it here in the near future. Until then, this fish was a quite worthy Northern Strain.

Check Weather?

Yes

How Weather Checked:

Local weather channel and radar. I always make notes on what the weather will be. In most cases this will dictate how I fish for them.

Weather at Time of Catch:

Foggy, 70 degrees 5:30 am

Before or After Front?

Stable weather pattern

Moon Phase:

Not sure

Were Satellite Photos Used?

No

Stealth Technique:

Coasted up to spot rather than motoring on top of it.

Fishing From:

Boat

Witnesses:

Dad

Scale Used to Weigh Fish:

Berkley digital 50 lb.

Bassin' Big Bass Contest?

No

Big Bass Record Club?

No

Member of (Bass Club):

Not sure which clubs, but I have a subscription to just about every bass magazine out there. :)

Years Fishing:

30 years

Introduced to Fishing By:

Dad

Sponsors:

None needed for trophies.

Favorite Big Bass Book:

"In Pursuit of Giant Bass" by Bill Murphy

Favorite Big Bass Video:

None

Favorite Big Bass Hunter:

Chuck Justice, Mitch Looper, Mike Long, Fish Chris

Released?

Y

Email:

bi[email protected]

Website:

Ricks Ultimate Bass Fishing http://www.geocities.com/rdvtavssvjnm

Significant Factor(s):

Simply the right place at the right time. I think there can be no bigger factor in fishing for Trophies. This is not a fish that feeds 24 hrs. a day.

The Story:

Stealth was the only strategy involved. I rowed as quitely as possible with the slight breeze I drifted near the spot. From there I fished it slow with the slightest twitch of the line, I set the hook and landed within 40 to 50 seconds. I placed the fish in the cooler that I already had ready. Made a quick call on the phone up to my Dad to bring the camera down to the shore so I could get a quick photo and release.

Comments:

Many techniques and strategies learned from great trophy hunters and fine web sites like this have increased my awareness of what is needed to land more trophy fish in the future.

 

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