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SB ~1st YAK Bass 2011 ` big one lost ~ 5-14-11

SB ~1st YAK Bass 2011 ` big one lost ~ 5-14-11

Saturday: Since I had to take the boat back in for it's 2ohr check... decided to take the Yak out for little while before dragging the skiff to the marina..

checked the weather... all good nice OVERcast skies..no rain..yet--Had everything to ready and hit the water @ 9am.

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H @ 9am
water 56-8?
wind SSW - 10-15..switched a few times..SE..turned off too @ one point..
Air - 63?
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I really love overcast day.. especially on the yak..
paddled in and hope for the best -- my 1st trip 2 weeks Ago?got blanked on the yak..so any fish will do today..

started casting around some spots I like...nada..then..bam..fish?...feels weird...but moving..crab?...nope . turtle..he was pretty calm about it..looking up @ me ..with the "can I go yet?" look.
no sleigh ride -- yet.

went back to searching...casted and casted some more..1/2 hr in....was not to worried as I had about 3hrs to go...stayed on this one spot--I just knew I'd get something eventually..pretty breezy kept pushin me away..paddled back...push away paddle back.. made 10+ drifts...still nada...weeds...
made few casts in a spot I had a keeper before...about 3 casts in...just as I was working the lure back to the boat..almost all the way back ..let it drop dead stop.. then went to pick it up to recast and BAM! set the hook immediately and A BIG BIG BASS...Surfaced and rolled 4ft in front me....what a sight...the rod bent in more than half and he took off running... zing.. but not that far...took a right turn and spun me in a circled ...then another right and went under me.. spun me again and again.....really workin @ trying to flip me....made one more short run...and then the fish just stayed under me...I could see this him but couldn't move him...just sat there as he took me where ever he wanted to go...easily a 36,38"-40" fish...maybe bigger -- I just rode around for about 7min...which is an eternity...Laughing all the way..this was the largest fish I have ever hooked on a YAK...and he was letting me know it...just lazily swam me around..I kept steady pressure...and decided I would wait to....then he did a sudden ` single head jerk and popped the lure out so abruptly that it shot straight out of his mouth, past the bow of the yak and feet into the air...-- I let out a Big --"Oh NO!!!!!!!!........no"

after the initial disappointment...... I was glad that he swam away...I was planning on a release.....just really would have loved to get a pict and a measurement...But being that it was a monster fish for me on Yak..I was happy with that..this was one of those moments that keep you coming back..again and Again..I wont forget a second of it..I keep playing it over and over and over in my head...awesome..It was my 1st YAK fish of the season -- what a fish to hook up with...

took me a minute...but I got back on track ....5 min later I hooked a 15" schoolie and asked him to to send his Big Brother back my way...

I actually end up having a pretty good day...more consistent than Friday...I 'd find one fish one --- and then 2-3 more form the same spot...almost back to back...
saw some fish waking and chasing bait,..a decent keeper sized Tail breach and slap....but only hooked a shrimp from the same spot..
did managed a few mid sized schoolies..
but the whole time I kept think of that Big bass..
done @ 1pm
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total -
1 Big Bass ( 36"-42...44...46...47..") just keeps getting bigger in my mind..
9 Schoolie Bass ( most 15-18") a decent 23", 24"
4-5 missed hits..
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- went home and got to hook up the DF/GPS for the yak...

...ready for a rematch..

Pd




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