One Cast 28 lb's.....
Guest Blog by: Danny Barker 3/6/2013
The Story of My Personal Best
Spring was in the air on Folsom Lake, Ca – After making what seemed like hundreds of casts with the Lucky Craft Pointer, I was considering a bait change. You all know how tiring rippin can be, my wrist was screaming STOP but I had a feeling. Rip, rip, pause… BAM… first fish on the Pointer, it was a chunky 3 pounder. The fish were starting to move around.
We proceeded to catch fish, not lights out, but steady. I made a long cast to a sandbar with huge rocks on both sides. The water in Folsom at this time was very clear. I can see the Pointer from a mile away and two shadows appear behind it. I’m thinking, "cool I’ve got a couple of nice fish tracking." My partner stares over my way and said, "one looks like a 7 and the other an 8."
My adrenalin is starting to pump, but will they commit? Looking through my sunglasses it was like watching a movie where you don’t know the ending. Then it happens, the smaller fish (wouldn’t you know) took a swipe and hooked up. She came unbuttoned instantly though. My first reaction was to get mad and stop working my bait, but I continued to rip it and the Fish Gods rewarded me with a strike from the bigger fish.
She was out in open water so it was just a matter of fighting her to the boat. I tell Daren, who already has the net, that I’m going to put some pressure on her and bring her up. After a couple of more deep runs, I put the rod down in the water, pulled straight up and Daren nets her. Too our shock the fish was a massive double-digit fish. We were both stunned by the size of this fish and if you’ve ever seen a huge bass, they look like a different species.
My livewell is 30 inches long and when we put her in she consumed the entire tank. We both had digital scales, cameras and tape measures. The results were… she weighed in at 14.63 pounds which means the other fish following was around the same size as well. So on the same cast I had 28 lb’s of Bass attack my LC Pointer, can you imagine had they both stayed hooked up!
My concern at this point was to get her back in the water after a few pictures and measurements she was released. Every single detail of this day is etched in my mind; I can only hope to catch one that big again. Bass fishing is so weird you can catch one after another and when your day is done it’s almost as though you can’t remember what the feeling was like. So tomorrow I’m going back out to see if I can recapture that feeling. until next time.....STAY ON EM,
Hi my name is Danny Barker I'm a NorCal tranplant living in North Central FL Ocala to be exact. I cut my teeth fishing the Cailf Delta, Clear Lake and Folsom Lake for 40 years, some of the best bass fishing waters in the country. My personal best 14.63 lb LM was caught and released on Folsom Lake which ranks in the top 5 fish ever caught on the lake. I've been in FL for 5 years now and love it here, the bass fishing here is outstanding as well. My main focus will be targeting big fish with an emphasis on catch and release and resource management. I want to help all the guys and gals out there looking to catch their personal best bass. This area is loaded with huge fish and I'm looking forward to helping each of us in our pursuit of big bass.
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Coyute, CO 3/6/2013 2:20:09 PM
Great story and grats on an amazing catch! Are you gonna retire that bait? lol
LastKast2010, CO 3/6/2013 4:48:08 PM
great story and nice fish!!!
HeavyC, CO 3/6/2013 6:51:02 PM
UltraLightRay, CO 3/6/2013 9:34:45 PM
Hmmmm, love me some pointer
What an awesome fish on a jerkie
IceFishingFool, CO 3/6/2013 10:21:31 PM
Loved fishing the upper inlet of the America River, but those days were from shore, and that clear water could see them raise up to a surface lure, mostly poppers. They could ware you out LOL
hawghawler, FL 3/7/2013 4:53:29 PM
Danny great job as always, you make me jealous.
IceFishingFool, CO 3/7/2013 6:41:15 PM
This Blog doesnt show on the California Forum ???
Danny Barker (dbbasser), FL 3/9/2013 6:35:48 PM
Could be because I live in Florida now and I'm the North Central FL field editor. I lived in NorCal for 40 years before moving to FL this fish and story did happen in Calif, not real sure how the blogs get spread out, Thanks for the comment.