58# Striped Bass, weighed at the local trout hatchery.
June 22, 2018
I was fishing the night of June 22nd on Bull Shoals Lake with Eric Perryman. Best friends, we always fish together and got on the water around 7:30 pm. I instantly hooked up with a smaller striper followed by two smallmouth, a walleye and 4 more stripers. Around 10:30, I was casting and felt a bite. I set the hook and it was on using 20lb Godline on a medium heavy favorite rod with a Lew’s reel and a big Storm swimbait.
I hooked up and cut free from my anchor. Down the lake I went. This fish almost spoiled me several times and never would come to the top. I then knew I had hooked a giant. I was fishing out of my WS Ride 115. After about .5 of a mile I finally stopped him. He hung to the bottom and I felt him start coming up. When it finally surfaced I was in awe as to what I had just caught. I got him to the boat and now it was time to figure out how to get him onboard as he was four feet long.
I called Eric and told him to “get your light ready, I have a giant”. I paddled back up the lake where I hooked this monster and he says “oh my gosh, you have to get that checked for some sort of record”. It was a very humbling and exciting experience that I will remember for the rest of my life.
I have to give a huge shout out to all of my sponsors. First of fishing sir for the amazing product and quality service that helped me to land this giant. Second to favorite rods for the rod holding up to him like a champ. Third extreme outdoors and Ulrich marine for all of there continued support on me following my dreams. And she angler custom baits for the amazing paint job. And to Eric Perryman for helping me that night. This has been an experience I’ll never forget.