Welcome to the quest.

The world record shoal bass is 8 lbs and 12 ozs and was caught on October 27 1977 in the Apalachicola River Florida. It has only been in the past few years that it has been targeted specifically by river fisherman with the rising popularity of kayak fishing.
A few years ago I discovered kayak fishing and decided to make the shoal bass my my main focus. It was even more recently that I was approached by a fellow kayak angler that was interested in making a film about the hunt for the world record shoal bass which sparked my interest greatly and spawned the creation of this blog. The hunt for this record fish has since become the focus of all of my fishing activities. I now target the shoal bass exclusively. I was recently asked by a fellow angler if I thought I really had a chance at catching a world record ? My reply.. Well my chances are are as good as yours or any body else but if I do YOU are damn sure gonna hear about it. I would like to dedicate this blog and my efforts to Philip (Swampthang) Mays who is the first person to ever take me on a kayak trip down the river for shoal bass and started this addiction that I love so much. Phil left this world recently for a better place. He was a true sportsman and will be deeply missed. Thank you Phil.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

How it all began

I have enjoyed fishing in general for most of my life but 5 years ago by accident I discovered the fairly new sport of kayak fishing.One day while sitting in my office day dreaming about fishing in my younger days with my father, brother and grandfather and wondering what it would be like to go back and vistit some of those old fishing holes that me and my brother Greg use to go to on the Ocmulgee River. I did a general search on the internet for directions to some of those old honey holes and what do I find ? A whole bunch of information on river fishing in Georgia and links to various fishing forums dedicated to river fishing from kayaks. I had no idea that it had become such a popular activity with kayakers and fisherman.
     Since that day I have become consumed in the sport to the point that I live it, think it and breath it on a daily basis. Since I started I have fished for all species of black bass that are found within the southeast but have become very fond of chasing a unique species of bass that is found only in the rivers of Georgia and a very small portion of Alabama and Florida..I am talking about the Shoal bass.The Shoal bass is one of the most beautiful river bass species..Well this year I decided that I was going to focus soley on catching the world record Shoal bass.Thats right..The world record.Call me crazy but it is a record that I beleive is not impossible to catch.There have been a couple of recent catches that have come close so why not give it a shot..I have just as much of a chance as anyone to break the record and I am going to increase my odds by focusing on that one fish..So no more fishing for what just happens to be biting that day..I created this blog to keep a record and share my efforts to catch the BIG ONE !! Follow me and lets see what happens...Wish me luck !!