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Nyles Lehnen
Lafayette, Indiana

Weight:

10.2

Length:

Did not take

Girth:

Did not take

Catch Date:

August 28, 2001

Body of Water:

Lake Monroe

Lure or Bait Used:

White Stanley Vibra-Shaft Tandem Diamondleaf Spinnerbait w/white split-tail trailer

Rod Used:

B.A.S.S. Tournament series IM6 Graphite

Rod Length:

66"

Reel Used:

Quantum Crankin reel

Line Used:

15 lb big game Stren

Scent Used:

none

Fish Location Before Catch:

Log Jamb

Fishing Method Used:

Midday Topwater Slow rolling next to deadfalls using waders in unaccessible creek arm

Electronics Used:

none

Preparation:

I knew that most of the baitfish in Monroe by late august had either been gobbled by wipers or blacks. The survivors are in hiding around deadfalls or the middle of open water. Fishing the deadfalls in the creek arms has virtually no fishing pressure, with lots of hawgs ready to be stuck. I also know bassboats cant get up into the deep creek arms because of huge log jambs built up over time. I love to stalk bass in my waders, especially smallmouth - but big blacks? I grabbed my waders and headed for Lake Monroe, near Indiana University in Bloomington.

Check Weather?

No

How Weather Checked:

Weather at Time of Catch:

Bright and balmy

Before or After Front?

Behind

Moon Phase:

Full

Were Satellite Photos Used?

No

Stealth Technique:

Camo waders and slow movements/easing bait into the water (no splash)

Fishing From:

Other

Witnesses:

I was alone

Scale Used to Weigh Fish:

De-liar

Bassin' Big Bass Contest?

No

Big Bass Record Club?

No

Member of (Bass Club):

IU Bass Club

Years Fishing:

21

Introduced to Fishing By:

Father

Sponsors:

Bomber, Skeeter

Favorite Big Bass Book:

In-Fisherman

Favorite Big Bass Video:

Doug Hannons bass professor videos

Favorite Big Bass Hunter:

Doug Hannon and Roland Martin

Released?

Yes

Email:

[email protected]

Website:

Significant Factor(s):

I crept in stealth mode like I was still-hunting whitetails along the bank until I deciphered a good spot to cast without spooking fish.

The Story:

I snuck down along the creek arm sight fishing - looking for feeding bass. I didnt see any movement besides feeding panfish, but I decided to ease in around a big blowdown and make a few finesse casts between two freshly fallen Sycamores there from a great thunderstorm the week before. I slow rolled the bait through the huge blowdown; which also had an old tangle cropped up next to the now dying leaves on the big, split sycamore - and banged her on the very first cast! I could not believe it. She was just hiding under some big logs and ambushed out to hammer what was flashing - she obviously decided it looked and sounded like a nice little school of threadfins for her to feed on. Wrong! She practically set the hook on herself because she hit it hard and I had heavy line, and it was very tight because I was slow-rolling my bait with my rodtip at just the right angle. When she hit it I slammed on her with an over-the-head hookset and crossed her eyes big-time, because she didnt even get the chance to put up much of a fight. I lipped her aggressively and ripped the old sow from the water with much delight. This was the largest Northern bass I had ever seen in the flesh. I had drilled many 4,5,6 and 7s in my day up here - but nothing like this. I then admired the old dude, weighed her on my de-liar scale and set her free. I was upset with no camera or witness - but Ill always have the film in my mind. -- "hawgsticka"

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