The Heavy Humps

Field and Stream - - ON THE COVER -

“Back in 2007, we were long-lin­ing crankbaits and pulled up on a hump where I’d al­ready caught 15 fish over 8 pounds that year. My cus­tomer sticks a fish and it weighs 10.09 pounds. Af­ter high fives all around, we re­lease her and go back over the hump the other way. He sticks a fish and says it’s big. I tell him to get her up be­cause there are trees down there, and he says, ‘I can’t.’ When we first saw it, I thought it was a gi­ant carp. When we re­al­ized it was a bass, our jaws hit the boat.

That fish weighed 13.5 pounds when we got it cer­ti­fied for the Texas ShareLunker pro­gram. In 2013 it hap­pened again. Right af­ter boat­ing a 10, we caught a 13 on the next pass at a dif­fer­ent hump. Ev­ery time we hook a fish like that, I’m shak­ing as much as the client. Ten­pounders are rare, but for ev­ery 60 or 70 fish that size, you prob­a­bly catch one 13. The older I get the more spe­cial it be­comes be­cause I know the odds are against me.”

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