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Willis "SNAGMAN" Beam
Tecumseh, Ontario

Weight:

32 pounds

Length:

44 inches

Girth:

Unknown

Catch Date:

June 8, 1998

Body of Water:

Lake St. Clair, Canada

Lure or Bait Used:

BPS Tube

Rod Used:

Shakespeare XLS Graphite

Rod Length:

6 feet 6 inches

Reel Used:

Shakespeare XLS

Line Used:

Berkely 10 pound test

Scent Used:

Kick-N-Bass (Garlic)

Fish Location Before Catch:

Who Knows its a Musky!

Fishing Method Used:

Drift & Drag

Electronics Used:

Eagle

Preparation:

Was not prepared to fish for Musky...so had a new Shakespeare Rod/Reel combo 6'6" loaded with Berkely 10lb test for Smallmouth Bass. It was my first time to fish Canadian waters so I relied upon my friend and future fishing partner Ed Leblang to show me a weekend of good fishing.

Check Weather?

Yes

How Weather Checked:

Watched The Weather Channel

Weather at Time of Catch:

Sunny/Light Breeze

Before or After Front?

In Front

Moon Phase:

Unknown

Were Satellite Photos Used?

No

Stealth Technique:

None

Fishing From:

Boat

Witnesses:

Ed Leblang

Scale Used to Weigh Fish:

Stren Battery Digital

Bassin' Big Bass Contest?

No

Big Bass Record Club?

No

Member of (Bass Club):

None

Years Fishing:

43

Introduced to Fishing By:

Dad

Sponsors:

None

Favorite Big Bass Book:

All are learning tools

Favorite Big Bass Video:

All are learning tools

Favorite Big Bass Hunter:

Paul Duclos/Chuck Bauer

Released?

Yes

Email:

[email protected]

Website:

Significant Factor(s):

Pure LUCK or as I later learned in fishing tournies on Lake St Clair to catch a musky is Pure AGGREVATION.

The Story:

I had planned this fishing trip for several weeks and was excited about fishing Lake St Clair in Canada. Ed and I met through chatting in Pro-Bass Website in BassChat and he had my total attention about the Smallmouth Bass fishing here. So out we went ready for a day of action with the smallies. We were drifting & dragging tubes over a place they called pike creek hump a slight elevation of about a foot water depth was around 10 feet and extremely clear. I felt the tug on the line and set the hook..except it didnt feel like the other smallies I had caught earlier, then it surfaced to jump and it kept coming and coming out of the water..I let out a big yahoo and Ed just looked back at me and said you're on your own as he kept fishing for smallmouth. Twenty minutes later I was holding the toothy critter up for a quick picture and then we released her. Quite a feat catching something with a mouth full of razor sharp teeth on ten pound test and a tube with no steel leader.

Comments:

This fish species is called the "Wolf of the Lake" They fear nothing and they have no natural predators except man and one another. They have been known to take a 3 lb smallmouth right off an anglers line. They love smallmouth bass as a food source.

 

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