The Heavy Humps
“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.”