Get the net
Mind you, all this happened in the dark. And to make things worse, the duo had left their big light at the house and only had a small headlamp for extra light. After the big fish made its initial run, it headed straight for the surface and made a big jump. When the fish busted the surface and then belly-flopped back in the water, even without seeing it, the two experienced fishermen knew it was a 10-pound-plus fish.
“It’s unusual to catch this big of a fish in the summer,” he said. “The thing was 26 3/4 inches long….a giant. Its stomach was flat and if we would have caught it in the spring, it would have probably weighed 13 pounds.”
The bait of choice for Gagnard was a seven-inch Zoom Ol Monster worm in Camo color. It was one of only two worms like that they had in the boat, despite having hundreds of other colors and types. He also used a tungsten weight and 15 pound fluorocarbon. They both use big weights to cover the whole brushtop and stay close to the bottom.
The duo finally got the bass close enough to the boat to see it roll in the dim light that they had, and then dive again. Finally it came up and they got the net under it. As soon as they did, the hook fell right out.
Night time is the right time
This time of year with it being so hot, the only time to catch big bass is at night, he said. Big bass pull up in the tops that are holding bream and feed, then pull back off to other spots to hold.
There was almost another chapter to the story. About 4:30 that same morning, he hooked another giant that never slowed down and broke his line at the reel. There’s no telling how big it was, he said.
Gagnard almost exclusively guides for crappie, but he does an occasional bass trip, too. You can learn more about him at Elite Guide Service online or on Facebook.
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