It Almost Took The Pole Out Of His Hand

Michael Woods Jr. from Many, La. wanted to pre-fish for a bass tournament on Lake Sam Rayburn on Tuesday, Nov. 17, but after idling around in the fog for a while, he decided to put his bass boat back on the trailer and headed to Toledo Bend.

He put in at a ramp off Rt. 21 next to Keith’s Toledo Bend Tackle in Hemphill, Texas, and ran to an offshore hump in Carrice Creek, where his second cast with a jig turned into a 10.25-pound largemouth, the second-largest bass of his life.

“I started at Rayburn, pre-fishing for a tournament, but it was so foggy, I left,” he said. “I idled around for abCarriceout 30 minutes. Then I came back to Toledo Bend, put in, pulled up to my first spot, and caught her on the second cast.”

Woods was fishing a 3/4-ounce, black/blue Denny Brauer structure jig with a Rage Craw trailer, dragging it through some wood and brush, when the fish made her move about 10 minutes before 8 o’clock.

“She thumped it, real hard — about pulled the rod out of my hands,” Woods said. “It took a little while to get her up. She was heavy. I didn’t have to fight her for that long, but she put up a good fight.

“When she first hit, I knew she was heavy, maybe a 5- or 6-pounder. It felt like she had me in some brush, but when I got her up a ways, I realized she didn’t have me in brush, and I figured she was a 7- or an 8-. When I finally got her in the net, I figured an 11 or 12. They just look so huge.”

Woods’ big fish was 25 inches long, with a 19-inch girth. 

Photo courtesy Michael Woods Jr.


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GOOD. Water slightly stained; 80 degrees; 0.77 feet above pool. The lake level is over full and flood gates are back open. They have five gates open at 1 foot each. It is flooding north of the lake now, so lots of water is still to come. Bass fishing has been fair, lots of fish being caught in the flooded bushes and hay grass from 1-4 feet with topwaters, frogs and spinnerbaits been best. There are still lots of fish out in 10-18 feet, but with water back on rise, they have got harder to catch. Crankbaits and Texas rigs will catch these. We just need some sunshine for a week or so to get it back to normal. Crappie fishing has been hard. Most reports are 12-18 fish per boat. Deeper docks and brush piles are the best with jigs and live bait. Report by Stephen Johnston, Johnston Fishing.

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