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Mike Skyba
Newmarket, Ontario, Canada

Weight:

5 pounds

Length:

Unknown

Girth:

Unknown

Catch Date:

July 15, 2001

Body of Water:

Head Lake, Haliburton, Canada

Lure or Bait Used:

Spinnerbait

Rod Used:

Backwoods Premium Rod

Rod Length:

6 foot 6 inches

Reel Used:

Shimano

Line Used:

17pound Stren Sensor

Scent Used:

Kick-N-Bass

Fish Location Before Catch:

7 feet of water in some lay downs

Fishing Method Used:

Casting

Electronics Used:

Humminbird 400 TX

Preparation:

Preparations prior to going to the lake was making sure that all batteries were charged up, wheel bearings were greased, trailer lights were working, trailer properly secured to vehicle, and all tackle and rods, and misc., were loaded and ready to go.

Check Weather?

Yes

How Weather Checked:

Check the weather by watching the Weather Channel.

Weather at Time of Catch:

Partly Cloudy

Before or After Front?

Behind

Moon Phase:

Not Sure

Were Satellite Photos Used?

No

Stealth Technique:

Staying within casting distance of target

Fishing From:

Boat

Witnesses:

Nancy Skyba, wife

Scale Used to Weigh Fish:

Normark

Bassin' Big Bass Contest?

No

Big Bass Record Club?

No

Member of (Bass Club):

None

Years Fishing:

15 years

Introduced to Fishing By:

The Bassmasters

Sponsors:

Backwoods Premium Rods

Favorite Big Bass Book:

The Fishing & Hunting Library for Bass

Favorite Big Bass Video:

None

Favorite Big Bass Hunter:

Doug Hannon

Released?

Yes

Email:

[email protected]

Website:

http://www.worldrecordbassfishing.com/fb/skyba.html

Significant Factor(s):

The significant thing that I believe that contributed to the catch, was having confidenece in the bait or lure I was using. And making sure I covered the target area thoroughly, not just once but a few times.

The Story:

My wife Nancy and I were participating in a Guys & Gals FUN Bass derby, in beautiful scenic Haliburton,Ontario Canada. We decided to try an interesting spot on the West side of Head Lake, were it looked like it had some nice looking cover for a bass. I decided to stay in the 7 depth and cast a White spinnerbait close to the shoreline alongside some laydowns under the water. After the third or fourth cast, my rod bent and the line started going in all directions. After a few minutes I landed the largemouth bass and brought it to the weigh-in. We eventually released it back into the lake.

Comments:

Due to the short bass season in Canada our bass don't get as big as the bass down South. A 7 pound bass is considered a Trophy up here. The Record holding Largemouth is 10 plus pounds, while the Record holding Smallmouth is 9 plus pounds. But I'll tell you this, the Smallmouth action in Ontario is something else! These Smallies really hit your offering like a freight train. And seeing a BIG Smallie exploded on the surface after your lure is, pound for pound one of the greatest catches you'll ever make. They will have you talking. Visit Ontario, Yours to Discover.

 

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