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Jonathan Ashcraft
Costa Mesa, California

Weight:

7.52 pounds

Length:

Unknown

Girth:

Unknown

Catch Date:

March 16, 2002

Body of Water:

Not disclosed

Lure or Bait Used:

Buzz Bait

Rod Used:

Daiwa Heartland IM7

Rod Length:

6 foot 6 inches

Reel Used:

Shimano Curado

Line Used:

10 pound test Berkley Big Game (Green)

Scent Used:

None

Fish Location Before Catch:

1 foot from my right foot in 1 foot of water

Fishing Method Used:

Gurgling a buzzbait

Electronics Used:

NONE

Preparation:

Fresh spooled line that morning.

Check Weather?

No

How Weather Checked:

I was gonna fish rain or shine...

Weather at Time of Catch:

Slightly overcast

Before or After Front?

In Front of

Moon Phase:

Unknown

Were Satellite Photos Used?

No

Stealth Technique:

None....

Fishing From:

Shore

Witnesses:

Dave Todd

Scale Used to Weigh Fish:

Berkley 20lb digital scale

Bassin' Big Bass Contest?

No

Big Bass Record Club?

No

Member of (Bass Club):

South Orange County BassMasters

Years Fishing:

2

Introduced to Fishing By:

(Bass) Dave Todd

Sponsors:

None

Favorite Big Bass Book:

Dont have one...

Favorite Big Bass Video:

Dont have one....

Favorite Big Bass Hunter:

Mike Long

Released?

Yes

Email:

[email protected]

Website:

Significant Factor(s):

I worked the Buzzbait at the cadence I was catching fish on all the way to my feet working the prop until it was out of the water.

The Story:

I caught 4 fish on the buzzbait that morning all with 1-5 feet from the shore, I was a giddy boy that morning. I was casting parrallel from the bank 1st in 10 then 5 then 1-2 feet from the bank. Then I would move up about 1/2 of my casting distance and work it again. My partner showed up right as I was releasing a fish, and started throwing topwaters. This was my first time throwing buzzbaits so I was very curious on cadences and what the bait looked like in the water, so I was working it all the way up to my toes at the same retrieve speed that I was running during my cast to see if the bait was rolling on its side or not. I was casting towards a swirl about 10 feet down the bank, and watching my buzzer right at my toes than in less than 1 of water she just blew up on it! I waited to feel the load on the rod (a l-o-n-g 3 seconds) then just shot my arms strait up to set the hook. I landed her green, took a couple of pictures and released her.

Comments:

I was re-taught a lesson I had with spinnerbaits a year ago. Work them all the way to the boat, don't give up on them half way back, you never know whats right underneath your feet. My nickname is "HawgHunter".

 

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