A person caught an unlimited “monster” largemouth bass with a plastic worm, after which threw it again into the lake.
Scott Flitcraft was fishing on Lake Isabella in California on a kayak, initially on the lookout for crappie. He used two rods—one with a plastic worm—and out of the blue felt one thing massive tugging on his line.
At first he thought it had bought caught on a tree, he informed Newsweek.
“I pulled a little harder but there was no give. I pulled even harder and the line started to pull back, tugging hard on my line. Wow this is a fish,” he stated. “Suddenly it appeared at the surface, broke the water and was shaking its head violently and immediately dove back down pulling line back off my reel. Now the fight was on! We went back and forth several times getting the fish to come towards the boat but only to surrender to her going back down taking line back off my reel.”
Flitcraft stated “after what seemed an eternity” and pondering the fish was going to interrupt his line, he lastly reeled it in.
At the time of the catch, Flitcraft posted a video to his Facebook web page.
“I’ve caught the biggest bass I’ve ever caught in my life. This thing is huge. I have no idea how much it weighs, its just giant. It’s gotta weigh 8 or 10 pounds, I don’t have a scale. This thing is a monster,” he says within the video.
Flitcraft managed to borrow a set of scales from one other fisher on the lake and discovered the fish truly weighed 16 kilos, 12 ounces.
“Easily my whole hand could fit inside its mouth. Lifting it up out of the water and into my tiny boat I was in shock! This fish was huge!” he stated.
Flitcraft finally launched the fish again into the water, after taking some pictures.
Lake Isabella is thought to be house to numerous largemouth bass, which on common develop to weigh round 10 kilos. However, in some areas, they’ll develop to twenty kilos.
They first got here to the lake in 1972, and the situation has since change into a hotspot for bass and different species of fish. Largemouth bass are mostly discovered within the lake later within the spring, round May.
A 25-pound largemouth bass was as soon as caught within the lake. It is assumed that this might have been the biggest bass caught on the earth.
“The fisherman told me it was a female and she was fat with eggs so the best thing to do was release her so she could have more babies to grow up big like her. This was an experience I’ll never forget. How in the world was I able to catch this big of a fish with the pole I was using that normally we catch small bass and panfish with?” Flitcraft stated.
Seth Mostero, supervisor of Cope’s Anglers, informed Western Outdoor News that anglers trying to catch trophy Largemouth “should try dragging the bottom of the lake with slow-moving, deep-diving crankbaits, jigs and soft plastics.”
“Crawdad- and shad-colored baits are always a good option to target the larger fish bulking up to spawn. Sandy flats, rock piles, and bases of Lake Isabella’s famous tree stumps are always good structure to target,” he stated.
Update 05/09/22, 6:05 a.m. ET: This article was up to date to incorporate quotes and photos from Scott Flitcraft.