An evening lunker

7.5lb Pre-spawn large mouth!


Tony Lenzi

Indiana Pennsylvania

I was fish a Rapala Rippin' Rap a great early spring lipless crank bait. It was in fire tiger a suitable color for the slightly stained water. I wanted a lure that would really grab the attention of these post winter lethargic bass. So as any good angler would do I was slow rolling it of a rocky point jetting out from the bank. Right as the sun started to dip behind the trees it felt as if my lure was caught on a brick wall so I set the hook. To my surprise there was a nice chunky bass on the end of my line. The great accomplishment about this is its my largest bass to date and I caught it in a generally slow period of time of year to entice nice bass.


Species: Largemouth Bass

Date Caught: 03/17/2013

Kept / Released: Released

Region of Catch: Region 5

Length: 26

Weight: 7

Lure / Bait used: Lure | Fire tiger 1/2 oz Rapala rippin rap

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