The Big One

isaac augspurger

knoxville iowa

to start the story would be on lake windsor, bella vista AR. 7:00pm fishing for bait. I have used whole fish before and hooked them in places where they will die within an hour or two. But I was using whole bait hooked through the head just before the brains. Not cut bait, a wise man once told me you wanna catch big fish you gotta use big bait. So i was using whole live bait on 50lbs braided spider wire, you know the stuff god would use! fished till 3 with nothing but a few bites. Figured on calling it a night so i went to bed. The next morning I'm awakened by my door being kicked in and my uncle screaming about a monster on the line. Everyone back home said it didnt count if i didnt take pics. so here is the proof

Species: Blue Catfish

Date Caught: 07/03/2012

Kept / Released: Released

Region of Catch: Region 1

Length: 30-35

Weight: 45

Lure / Bait used: Bait | whole live

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