Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Don lands Monster Bucket.

So this Don guy that I fish with on occasion gets into some amazing fish. Saturday we are out on one of those lakes that requires a bit of driving to reach. Only minutes into the day and Don sticks the hookset on a huge largemouth bass. Seconds into the battle I turn my head to see the fish leap out of the water.

“Oh man…” I mutter under my breath with baited anticipation. “…you gotta land that fish.”

(Above: Here’s Don offering a few seconds for the photo op before letting the fish go. Admittedly Don is not nearly the fan of the shameless bragging as I am. Great fish!)

Don goes through some of the most dramatic highs and lows in regards to fishing that I have ever seen. For weeks he may be in a terrible slump only to bounce back with a jaw dropping huge fish catch the next day. This year started off pretty rough for the guy. This fish is a little bit of payback. Earlier fishing slump? The slump is in that fish’s gut!

This fish was caught using a black colored swim bait pattern. I may or may not elaborate on this pattern in subsequent posts. For now I will simply let Don soak up some of the shameless bragging and post a video of the release.
  

Good luck and good fishing.

7 comments:

John said...

After landing that pig Don should prepare for an extended dry spell!!!

Mel said...

Gracious, that is one big Bucket for sure. Congratulations, Don! FWIW, Babe Ruth struck out a record number of times, but then again, hit a lot of monster home runs.

Little Messy Missy said...

WOW!!!! That is huge!

Troutdawg said...

Congrats and nice pig!

Coloradocasters said...

@John: Don has paid it forward with a serious fish-slump that plagued him from November to darn near February. Hopefully Don doesn’t have to go through something like that again.

@Mel: Thanks, Mel. That is a good point. Here’s to more monster home runs and maybe a few grand slams as well. Honored to have your comments.

@Little Messy Missy: The Mad Show gets that a lot. Ha ha (You always know what to say. Thank you. Best comments ever.)

@Troutdawg: Thanks, man. Don has to put up with a lot of my B.S. in regards to the accumulation of material for my blogilicious. I might have also led him on some wild goose chases over the years. In my view, no one deserves that catch more than Don. It helps balance the scales as well as set the bar for future trips. Bass like this in Colorado are not easy to come by and it is really good to see one or two still left.

No trophies, no awards and we didn’t even weigh the fish. Looking back I might have wanted to know the actual weight. Don pointed out all the eggs developing in her belly and said, “Naw, Dude…let’s get her back…wha? You’re switching to video? Killing me man.”

Don said...

Thank you all for the comments.

Matt helps keep the fishing drive alive with this blog. He really makes us all want to get out there and do our part either with conservation or the friendly fishing tip!!

Landing that fish was a pleasure, but releasing her was priceless!

vanckirby said...

that is a monster! well done