Florida's Record Bass-sign in San-Antonio, FL honoring Fritz Friebel 20-2 lb largemouth bass caught in May 1923.
Most of us are river and creek bass anglers who fish from a small boat, canoe, kayak, stream bank or by wading. We are into the aesthetic nature of our preferred type of bass fishing and probably aren’t severely inflicted with “big bass fever”. Catching a new World Record 23-pound plus largemouth is likely NOT our usual motivation for going fishing or even anywhere near the top of our “bucket list”. But as serious riverine “bassers”, we sometimes might be a little curious about the dimensions of “monster” largemouth bass reportedly caught by those “other guys” and where they caught them. Read the full story
….. This story starts at work in the cubical of my good buddy Zack. A Serbian refugee, now an American citizen, Zack lives in St. Pete and fishes saltwater exclusively and has never fished for bass. So being the confident “jacked up” bass fisherman that I am, I told him, “I’ll take you fishing on the Santa Fe River and I promise you’ll catch a bass!” Ok, that was mistake #1…never promise anyone that they will catch bass or anything for that matter. In the mean time, circumstances changed and Zack and I decided to fish the Myakka River instead. Mistake #2, if you promise someone they’ll catch bass, at least take them to a river you have previously fished. I have no previous experience fishing the Myakka River. Although a very beautiful river, the Myakka failed to produce a single fish for either of us…all we caught was sunburn. Back at work, I have not heard the end of our failed fishing trip. Zack keeps reminding me about “broken promises” and the bass he never caught. Read the full story
This is an exciting new video about a unique guided fishing trip I had the pleasure of taking Bill Byers and Andy Minton on. They didn’t need to catch a lot of fish or even big fish, just particular species of black bass that live throughout the southeast. We only had four days of fishing to get it done and weather and water conditions were not kind. Did we do it or did October’s nasty rain and cold front prevent us from reaching our goal? There is only one way to find out…
On very RARE occasions I get a weekday off where my wife and kids have work and school. This was the case one day in November 2008. I had the day to myself! What to do? Take advantage of the beautiful Florida weather and go fishing, of course! So I called up my fishing buddy, Daniel Bass (great name) loaded the canoe and we headed up to High Springs Florida, in Alachua County, to fish for Florida’s “Bronzeback” Bass, the Suwannee bass, on the upper Santa Fe River. Read the full story
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