Largemouth with a Capital “L”

I could hardly stand the excitement as I tied the last big bugs for the morning trip. I was heading to Saguaro Lake with Manny the Master.
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We met in Gilbert in the dark then drove the short distance to the lake. The forecast said 87* but it didn’t feel like it as we loaded the boat and charged up the lake at 57mph. Within minutes we were miles from where we started, trolling motor down, slowly picking apart the shallows for signs of fish on beds.
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Before long we had our first fish in the boat. Although small, they were fired up and charged the flies that fell in front of them. Manny kept saying, “Oh here’s one and he’s spicy!”
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As the sun climbed higher the shallows lit up allowing us to selectively target fish… bigger fish. We both got a couple between 3-5lbs weighed on the boga grip
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What a morning! The thumb took a beating and the rod got a workout.
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Manny said there was one more spot we had to hit. We slid in and scoured the water for dark shaped near the bottom. Manny spotted a fish and got really excited. She was deep, maybe 12 or 13 feet down but we stayed on her. We both took turns and changed flies many times. Manny finally found what she wanted. He set hook hard and in an instant she was up on the surface throwing water in every direction. I yelled, “I think she’ll go 10!”. Manny said nothing, he kept constant pressure on the giant and laid out for a quick grab of an enormous mouth. As soon as he did we both lost it. He quickly weighed her. Right at the magic double-digit mark.
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14 Responses to “Largemouth with a Capital “L””

  1. Brandon Says:

    Wow! The joke is on us here in UT thinking AZ fishing was going to be rough on you…Unreal my friend!

  2. Kyle Says:

    Thanks Brandon! You guys keep the big trout up there for when I come up, I’ll keep the Bass ready for you guys.

  3. AZWanderings Says:

    Dude,

    Those are some really nice fish and that last one is just a sloppy hog. Well done to you both.

    Ben

  4. Craig Says:

    Oink Oink.. But you got the wrong hat on for that sport… It is supposed to be orange and have a big letter T on it…

  5. Brad Carter Says:

    Sweet trip! Great pics – makes me want to go chase a few of those slimers this summer.

  6. Kyle Says:

    Thanks Guys! Craig, we sure got some funny looks with our fly rods and buffs on.

  7. Denton Dominiack Says:

    Whens the next trip??

  8. Kyle Says:

    Denton! We need a boat! Lets get on that. 🙂

  9. Alex Says:

    Damn dude. That’s a hog. What kinda swim bait is that?

  10. Kirk Says:

    Holy cow, or should I say holy pig. I’ve never caught a bass as big as most of those, especially on the fly. Awesome.

  11. Kyle Says:

    Thanks Kirk, it was awesome. Alex, she took an Osprey.

  12. OutsmartingFish Says:

    Sick! Looks like a good time! That thing is a beast.

  13. Brandon Says:

    wow, the smile on his face says it all!

  14. Kyle Says:

    Thanks you guys. Havasu this weekend!

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