MONSTER summer bass
I’ll give you the background info. My little brother has gotten bitten by the kayak fishing bug over the last year. He’s very raw in his fishing ability but he’s trying to learn. I’ve taken him several time and even fished a couple tournaments with him throughout the years. Well, anyways, he decided to get a kayak and begin fishing kayak tournaments. He signed up for the last tournament of the year in the KBFTN middle Tennessee trail. He had 4 choices of ramps to chose from and had really no idea what to do, so he asked me. Out of his options, i had the most experience with Cages Bend. I marked several areas for him to try. Since he’s new to fishing I didn’t want to give him too difficult of a pattern (and the fact he’s in a kayak) so I told him to throw a crank bait, worm, and/or spinnerbait in the tournament.
He went the weekend before and went to practice and get his “feet wet” in the sport before competing. He caught a few fish. He had fun but nothing that would win a tournament.
The tournament was Saturday night 6pm-midnight. After about 2 hours I get a phone call, from him and he’s going crazy. I’m wondering what’s going on. He said he caught the fish of his life! (At this point, his personal best largemouth wasn’t even 3lbs yet). I’m thinking he’s caught something in the 4lbs range until he sends me the picture. My jaw drops. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. He caught a 23″ HAWG. I figure it’s between 6.5lbs. He ended up catching an entire limit of keepers out of these two spot in an hour including that big fish. I had a tournament that night but elected not to go. A “regular” bass boat tournament was won with 10.5lbs on 3 fish that night. I bet my brother had 15lbs with his best 5 and that was his first time IN A KAYAK. Crazy! I still can’t believe this happened and just had to share. What a hawg of a summer-time bass on Old Hickory.
So, my brother fishes his first ever tournament, wins, and now he’s going to the state championship because the biggest fish of the year is automatic qualifier. My best friend, Jim Flowers, finished 2nd that night–congrats to him too–and qualified for state by winning the year-long tournament trail in middle TN. CRAZY.
Here’s the tournament result:
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