Most bass anglers go their whole lives without catching a 10-pound fish, but George Herr accomplished the feat twice in a matter of just nine days.
And to top it off, the 10.97-pounder he reeled in Sunday morning, Nov. 9, was part of a jaw-dropping five-fish stringer that tipped the scales at a whopping 40.45 pounds.
“In talking to many of the veteran bass anglers who were here in the early days of the lake, they just can’t recall a stringer of five bass over 40 pounds taken by one man in one day,” Herr said.
He had headed out that morning alone in his Phoenix 921 fishing a Many Bass Club event and went to the exact ridge in Six Mile Creek where he caught his Halloween Day 10-pounder.
Using the same Lucky Strike Sammy topwater plug, the 59-year-old angler made a series of casts, but got no action.
“I had no bites at 7, so I switched to a jig and caught one at 2.83 pounds,” he said.
That turned out to be just a small hint of what was to come, as the fishing gods smiled down on Herr for about the next 50 minutes.
“By 7:50, I had the boat back on the trailer and was headed to Toledo Town,” he said.
Using a homemade, 3/8-ounce jig, the angler ended up hooking 40.45 pounds of bass including the huge 10.97-pounder.
“I culled the bass weighing 2.83 pounds to make room for the 10.97-pounder,” he said. “I immediately made my way to Toledo Town and Tackle with those fish because I was worried about all that weight in the livewell.
“I weighed-in two bass at Toledo Town and Tackle – the 10.97-pounder and one weighing 9.15 pounds.”
The remaining bass on Herr’s monster stringer weighed 8.13-, 6.39- and 5.81-pounds.
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