I've been friends with Scott since junior high and we've been fishing together for several years. It seems like every time we go up to the State Lake, Scott lands a huge bass. A lot of people complain about the State Lake, but the truth is that it's got some nice-sized fish in it, which is exactly what we found out on this trip.
Scott had been fishing at another spot right before I got there. It was around 7 p.m. and we were hoping to do a little bass fishing while the sun was still up and then switch to catfish once it got dark. No sooner had I gotten all my tackle and rods out and started baiting my hook than I hear a huge splash and Scott's fight begins with this MONSTER fish. I dropped the hook I was baiting (my right hand still covered in blood from the chicken liver) and picked up my video camera with my clean hand. As I ran over and began filming, we could tell right away that this fish was huge. Scott battled the brute and finally managed to reel it in and get a hand in its mouth. We took a few photos and weighed and measured it. The largemouth came in at just over 5 pounds and was a little over 20 inches long. Scott said it was the biggest bass he'd ever caught and I couldn't help from laughing... so much for this lake having no big fish! What happened next though floored me.
My mouth dropped as he pulled his second fish ashore. It looked almost as big as the first one. At first, I thought it was maybe three or four pounds, but when he picked it up I realized it was much bigger than it looked in the water. We weighed it in and sure enough it came in just a smidgen under 5 pounds, maybe an ounce or two less. Bewildered, we took more photos and laughed about the success we were having at that spot. Soon, I caught a bass of my own... a scrawny one pounder. It seemed as though Scott had scared the big ones away.
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