Just got home an hour ago from my fishing trip to Lake Guntersville. I gotta tell this story in detail from the beginning. So a couple weeks ago I posted on here where is the best place I can go to catch bass this time of year within a 12 hour drive from Buffalo, NY, to which bluedawg responded "13 hrs and 20 min will put you on Guntersville." Then I saw the BFL results and the idea sounded that much better. So I called my buddy Jeff and we made plans to make the trip to Guntersville happen. I booked a room w/ garage with Chuck at Creekstone Lodge up north by Mud Creek. Great place to stay. I recommend it to anyone interested.
So we left Tuesday night at 7:30 and after driving through a brutal lake effect snow storm between Erie, PA past Cleveland, OH we made it to creekstone at 9:30 AM CST making our drive a little over 14 hrs. We took turns sleeping/driving down, so we were ready to fish as soon as we got unloaded. We launched at Mud Creek since it was already 10AM and was less than a mile away. All in all, the first day was slow. We got 6 bass all 2 lbs or less, but at least we were fishing. The weather was cold with a north wind so we knew it would be the worst of our 3 days.
We launched at Goose Pond on Thursday AM. After talking to a local, we decided to try a popular bridge with a-rigs. After two hours and only two white bass to show, we went to plan B. We went to the back of a creek (can't reveal what creek with a buddy in the Everstart next week) that had good grass and started catching some small fish right away. At about 1:30PM the fish turned ON. We had prefrontal conditions and a nice warm up before the thunderstorm came. We caught about 20 fish in the next 2 hours. Many in the 3-4 lb range. But the highlight of the day was my new personal best bass (previous was 7-6 in NY) an 8 lb slob caught on a chatterbait in about 2 feet of water.
Now if it weren't for the fish I did NOT catch, we would've thought that big one might be a fluke. But about 5 minutes after I got the 8, I had a giant open it's mouth and swirl at my chatterbait and miss about 5 feet from the boat just as I was taking my bait out of the water. At this point I would've considered this trip worth the drive already.
Friday was our last day. It had rained over an inch over night but the air temp stayed reasonably mild. We launched again from Goose Pond. Just for the heck of it we tried another smaller creek with clearer water and grass first thing. We spent a little over an hour there and caught about 6 small bass. So we went back to our sweet spot from Thursday. We got back there and there were about 6 boats nearby, but we still had our key stretch to ourselves. We spent the rest of the day (9-4:30) fishing this 200 yd stretch, since we knew the big ones were there and we were willing to wait them out. Within 20 mins we had a couple 3s, a 4 and I got a solid 6.5 lber that jumped 3 times clear out of the water. I thought I had a Lake Erie smallie for a minute. The weatherman forecast that it was supposed to reach 60 by late afternoon, but it remained overcast and cool all day. We caught one here and there between 11 and 2 and several times considered leaving. I am so glad we decided to stick it out though!!! At about 2:15 I made a switch to a 3/4 oz trap. Not 10 casts later I ripped it through the weeds and the bait just stopped!!! Next thing I knew my line was going sideways around the back of the boat to the other side, I had no idea if this was a bass or if I snagged a carp or catfish? But when I got it close to the boat and we got a glimpse of her, my buddy grabbed the net, I guided her to it and she was in the boat. I damn near passed out when I saw the size of her. We knew she dwarfed the 8 lber from the day before but had no idea just how big she was. The Berkley digital topped out at 11-0 lbs.
Wanted to get this shot to show how thick she was.
We put her in the live well and planned to take her back to the launch to get an official weight and measurements. I was on cloud 9 and didn't fish much the rest of the day. We caught a few more, but nothing worth noting. We headed in at 4:30 back to Goose Pond.
When we got back to the launch, Jamie got his tournament scale ready along with tape measure for length and girth. Well it turned out that the Berkley scale was off in my favor. My NEW Personal Best largemouth officially weighed in at 12.14 LBS. Had a length of 27" and a girth of 20". I still can't believe it!!!
Released to be caught by someone else from BBC!!! Getting a replica mount!!!
I would like to thank all of you here on BBC that offered any tips or suggestions to me on what turned out to be the trip of a lifetime!!! I also have to thank Jamie Shay and his wife at The Bait Tackle and Grill at Goose Pond. They are great people who really know how to treat their customers!!! Make sure you stop by there and support their business.
Tight lines to all and thanks for reading.