I first want to say that the spring 2011 season was a absolute blast for me and I caught some of the best fish that I have ever caught on the river. I did not catch a world record fish nor did I even come close.
I know deep down that my chances of catching a world record fish are about the same as winning the lottery but that is not what this is all about.
The whole idea behind this blog was about setting a goal for myself and instead of just randomly fishing for what ever is biting focusing my efforts on a specific target. This blog was created to be a place where I could share my adventures with friends. Hey and who knows..If I really did end up catching a record fish how cool would it be to have a record of the events leading up to the big catch.
One thing that I can says is that by setting this goal it has helped me become a better fisherman. Over the past few years since I started river fishing exclusively I was going places and fishing all over for what ever bass species that might be biting at the time..Not any more. The past few months I have focused totally on catching a record shoal bass and nothing else. In doing so it helped me really hone my fishing skills in on this one specific target.. I have traveled places I would not normally go and fish in ways that I would not normally fish. . I have not landed the big one so far but I sure caught some of the best fish that I have ever caught on the river which tells me my efforts are paying off.
Below is a slide show of some of the fish that I caught this past spring. It was a total blast and now all I can think of is the upcoming fall season..The shoal bass will move up once again in preparation for the winter months and guess who will be there waiting..
Thanks for looking and I hope to see you all on the river.
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.