Steve Keene and I fished at Lake Casitas the first day and never had a grab. On the second day, I caught my second biggest bass ever, a 16.18 pounder on the 9 inch AC Real Trout, so I was real happy. Then a couple of hours later I caught another one, a 10 pounder. Then I was really thrilled at catching two. Later on I caught a little 5 pounder. Then a few hours later, I caught a 12 1/2 pounder. Then Steve looked at me and said "your the best". Steve was mopping and complaining in the boat. He says "I just can't believe I can't catch nothing". It was pouring rain off and on.....
Then, late in the day he was casting a 9 inch AC Triple Real Trout and says "I got something". It was pulling real hard, and it came by the boat thrashed hard, ran, and then I netted it and I said "that's a monster" He's jumping all around the boat going crazy, a 18-6 pound Largemouth Bass, his biggest ever. We released all the bass alive.....
We had another home run day....... _________________
I once told the bass fishing world I was going to catch the record largemouth. Needless to say they didn't like my claim. But I was new to the bass fishing and I was catching real big bass with my new lure I invented. I didn't know alot about big bass, but I do now.
But I did have the world record on my line on January 28, 1993 at Castaic Lake at 4:35 pm. I was trolling and this huge bass hit and jumped behind my boat. It looked huge from a distance. It swam straight in and when she got 10 feet from my boat, she shook her head out of the water and threw my plug. Then it lay on the surface 10 feet from my boat for a couple of seconds. My buddy Bob Bloom and I looked at her lying on the surface and both of us estimated her weight at 25 pounds. I know what a big fish size is. I'm still sick at that event.
Now I look back on this and say to myself "I still can catch that world record". These bass Steve and I just caught were very large for bass. If I didn't live so far away from the good lakes and had better resources I could still catch that bass. I have better methods and better lures now. The only thing that is harder is that I don't think there are as many bass that record size around anymore. They're harder to find now days. But, it still can happen. If it don't that it, its OK, but it is fun trying. _________________
Joined: 07 Jun 2005 Posts: 185 Location: Kelowna,B.C. Canada
Posted: Sun Mar 12, 2006 9:18 am Post subject: Trophys
Heyyyyyy Allan: DO love your atitude and try // Much the same as my own only I'm after the world record bull trout. Think a AC plug will be the lure.. Time will tell for both of us .... Jim _________________
These big Bass are really something to catch. Most of the time they won't bite. Its like they're asleep or something. The trick is to be there when they go on a feed. They are real sneaky. Alot of times they bite soft and swim right to the boat, only to come out of the water with head shaking. They succeed in throwing your lure more often than not.
Be there when a front is coming in or in bad weather. But I have also caught them in bluebird weather.....go figure.....
It is the best in the winter and early spring when they go on the feed in pre-spawn. Moons? who knows. I don't put much stock in moons for largemouth bass. When they bite, they bite......I don't sight fish. They won't take the AC when they are on the beds, but after they spawn, they go on a topwater bite....
Most of the bass fishermen are now using plastics, BUT they still love AC Plugs (wooden baits). A wise bass fisherman will have a good supply of AC Plugs. Use the plastics, but also use the AC's. You could be pleasantly surprised like we were with this catch. It blew me away.
You also have to stay out there. I caught my biggest bass at 12 noon in 1996. I was leaving the lake to go home.....
Don't try to figure them out, just fish hard...... _________________
wow..............i could only imagin the hearts racing on that boat! prior to reading this, i was just bustin out my A.C.,s to throw at casistas this month. alan, you always score this time of year. butch has a big smile lookin down at his favorite lake.
Alan, i know you troll alot, is that how the fish were taken? which part of the lake do you prefer to fish? im planning on going to casistas next week and am defianately going to throw some A.C.s
I troll quite abit. I caught my 4 bass trolling, and Steve caught his casting.
At Casitas, fish the sunken island, points and flats. All the normal sports where bass are likely to be. You want to know where to fish? Just look at where the bass boats fish. Its easy....they're not gonna fish in poor spots!
I cast in good conditions, or when I'm lazy; I'll troll.
How do I troll? I troll all kinds of ways. I go real deep, then not too deep, and then flatline. I don't care how they will bite, just so they bite.
You gotta remember, bass are weird. They bite only when they feel like it. No rhyme or reason. If you're there, you get bit. When your casting, I just use my striper method. Long casts, stop and go and slow retrieve, and fast retrieve.... _________________
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