Master Angler Never Give Up! Share0 Tweet Email Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+ Mark Bystrom Champlin Minnesota After years of chasing my first 20″ plus smallie I finally did it. I can’t tell you the number of 19-19 7/8 smallies I have caught over the years. Breaking the 20″ mark is not easy. It was a beautiful fall day & I was set to leave for my son’s youth deer gun opener the following day. The forecast called for all day rain say we decided to wait another day. With a bit of free time I decided to hit a local river (the Rum) as I had heard the bite was good. I was not let down. The fish were stacked in the wood and eagerly attacked a well placed sucker minnow. Fish after fish came in the boat, all of them fat & healthy. When the big girl hit & I first got a glimpse of her broad body I knew instantly that this was the ONE! She fought tough, but after a minute or so succomed to the net. She taped out at 20.25 inches & 4.85 lbs. A trophy in every dimension. Next its off for the even more elusive 6 lb Largemouth…. Species: Smallmouth Bass Date Caught: 10/17/2012 Kept / Released: Released Region of Catch: Region 1 Length: 20.25 Weight: 4 Lure / Bait used: Bait | Sucker Minnow Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+ Share0 Tweet Email Load Comments ( ) Don’t forget to sign up! Get the Top Stories from In-Fisherman Delivered to Your Inbox Every Week Even More master-angler Show More Get the In-Fisherman Newsletter FREE! Get the top stories delivered right to your inbox every week. Best Fishing Times: Solunar CalendarRead Now! Advertisement ▶ Now on Tablets! Subscribe & Save! Temporary Price Reduction! Subscribe Now Give a Gift | Subscriber Services LIKE WHAT YOU'RE READING? Get 8 issues for the low price of just $8! Subscribe!