Like all earthly pursuits- this one will never find me the complete fulfillment that can only come from God- but fishing and football have been great gifts and blessings that the Lord has used to shape me and put me in fellowship with some amazing people.
I always loved to fish- but never had the urge to develop knowledge and skills. And, though I am working hard- the level of skill and knowledge is WAY behind those who really know what they are doing. Some of the old timers who really know their stuff look at me when I ask a question with that strange- 'you don't know about that!' look of admonishment.
But I did want to take some time to look at some highlights as far as quality fish. Again, some of these things I publish is for my kids and pride's sake- I won't be sharing on social media- but is a fun way to reflect and remember.
Personal Best: 12.5 (estimated)
29"long/ and a girth of 19"- huge belly
My Big Fish Story
Dec. 18, 2013 Private Lake in Rockford, AL
I hate that we did not have a scale-we did have a tape measure- the Bass Resource calculator listed it as 15.665
Witness: Coach Steve Renfroe
Lure: green fluke with a tiny weight pegged about 5 inches up.
In the monster's mouth was the fin of a fish that looked as big as the earlier bass I caught. This fish was stuffed to the gill and still eating!
Shimano, Lake Caroline: 7.14
June 27, 2018- Winning Edges Filming
Witness: BCS Bass Team and Lisa Talmadge, Shimano
Lure: Junebug Red monster on skip gap head
Was skinny, if fat might have been a 10.
Lake Caroline Double:
Lake Caroline, Louisville, AL
June 7, 2017 - 6.37
I caught this and Connor Peterson hung a 6.46 at the same time!
Witness: Melissa and Conner
Lure: Green pumpkin monster on skip gap head
WEIGHT 6.3 LBS
Oct 11, 2016 Lake Caroline, Louisville, AL
Lure: Finesse Black Trick Worm- Drop Shot
Witness: Jack Flemming/ Grayson Morris
We were helping an MLF corporate event and we pulled up right after Kevin Van Dam had left the spot.
Jack and Grayson were trying to get me to hold it up to KVD- I just turned and looked- but the story and been growing since.
This is my Lake Caroline PR
April 13, 2018
Old Steam Plant- Pickwick Lake, Florence, AL
Lure: black flake finesse skip gap shakey head
Witness: Brian Berry/ Jeff Davis
How good is Pickwick? every time I go I catch a 5 lbr!
March 19, 2016
Barge Canal- Pickwick Lake, Florence, AL
Lure: Square Bill
Witness: Austin Luke
This may be my all time favorite fish and I LOVE Pickwick.
We were parallel casting down the barge canal when this beauty tore it up! She got wrapped up around the trolling motor and I almost lost her.
WHOPPER PLOPPER BASS
March 26, 2017
Lake Caroline, Louisville, AL
Lure: Whopper Plopper
We were in the very back of a wooded cove where fish were exploding on top water and chasing shad.
A 2 lb bass exploded on my whopper plopper but missed- I could see the fish so I paused and watched it gearing up to strike when this fish came out of no where and blasted it.
Nolen Vinson (who later caught a 12.0 fish) said it was one of his all time favorite bites to watch.
PICKWICK BEDDING BASS
April 14, 2017
Lake Pickwick, Florence, AL
Lure: finesse trick work- shakey head- black/red flake
Felt like a bream tap- must have been on bed- 2 ft of water
Fun time with Jeff Davis
LAKE LION SPECIAL
estimated- 5 lbs
I sight fished this beauty- got the male first- came back later for female.
Took about 30 minutes- watched her take a blue/red speckles Ned rig
Had to fight her for 4 or 5 minutes to get her out of the weeds
April 12, 2017- after school
LOGAN MARTIN SPOT
I have come to love Logan Martin as my favorite of the Coosa Lakes...
The Coosa Spotted Bass is as mean as they come and to get this 3 lbr was quite a fight.
Caught it on black shakey head on the infamous Texaco hump.
We caught almost 80 on that day
March 30, 2016
LAKE CAROLINE BASS
I could load up the page of all Lake Caroline Bass I have caught in the year I have had the privilege to fish there. That lake is LOADED with 3 and 4 lb hard fighting fish.
Lures/ Techniques that have caught bass over 3 lbs at Lake Caroline: Texas Rig, Drop Shot, Ned Rig, KVD Lucky Shad, Square Bill, Jerk Bait, Fish Head Spin, Fluke, Whopper Plopper, Lizard, Football jig, Carolina Rig, scrounger, Pop R, skip gap head, wobble head
It has been an amazing lake to learn on.
Since we have been going, we have caught almost 2,000 bass and taken out 1400 small ones.
This lake will continue to get better and better and I believe it will produce a 14 or 15 lb bass soon.
Who knows.... maybe bigger?
The last 2 trips, I have helped pull in TWO 12 lb fish....
More to come......
July 28, 2015
Lake Guntersville, Guntersville, AL
Lure: Bull Shad
This isn't a big fish- but you would never know it by the way he charged out of the grass mat I was fishing.
We missed some big ones that morning- but this one was more fun than the misses!
WEIGHT 2.5 EST
Cargyle Creeek, Lake Mitchell
July 28, 2014
This one is special because I got to go back to Lake Michell after fishing it for years. But this time I was armed with a blue/black swim jig and has this beauty explode out of the grass.
Brought back good memories of that place
June 23, 2014
Beeswax Creek, COLUMBIANA, AL
Another good memory because I was just learning to swim a jig in the grass.
This was a white swim jig with a ribbits frog trailer.
PICKWICK SMALL MOUTH
April 13, 2018
Pickwick Lake, Florence
This was my first ever smallie- can't wait to get more of them this summer!
Hope I add to this fun report soon... Lord willing....
Until next time............