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One Basser - more than 500 Bass over 10lbs! Surely anyone who could accomplish such a feat would be worthy of the title "The World's Best Big Bass Fisherman". In his lifetime, LJ Brasher, a Basser from Alabama, USA, who passed away in 1997, caught more than 500 Bass weighing better than 10lbs each!

More than 30 of these Bass were mounted on his wall as proof! Remember that this was before the days of "catch and release"! Obviously LJ Brasher was doing something right in his quest for big Bass and some of us more modern Bassers may like to emulate his success rate with trophy Bass - this time practising "catch and release"!

Brasher fished only two baits! His philosophy was that at some time during a 24 hour period, a big Bass had to feed - to catch that fish, you obviously needed a bait the big Bass really wanted to eat - anything else would be a waste of time and effort!

Brasher used only a big wooden Musky Jitterbug, which he cast at night, and a live golden river shiner (similar to our Barbus species which includes all minnow and yellowfish types as well as Natal Scaly and Cape Witvis, but mudfish (Labeo) and small carp would also fit the bill) all day near weeds. His tackle consisted of a fibreglass "musky" rod and either an ABU Ambassadeur 5000C or a Shakespeare Presidential reel spooled with 55lb test braid.

Brasher never cared about the aesthetics of fishing - he just pursued big Bass with the baits required to get the big fish to bite and fought and landed them on tackle powerful enough to do the job. He also paid the price by ignoring comfort and convenience, often fishing for 48 hours at a stretch without even getting out of his boat according to John E Phillips who accompanied Brasher on some trips describing him "as the most relentless trophy Bass angler I'd ever met".

Using the big baits needed to tempt big Bass to bite often means missing out on the action and fun smaller Bass may provide, but then, what is your goal - to catch lots of 2lb fish or just one or two 8 - 10lb plus trophies?

Brasher also found he took the biggest Bass in any region in small, overlooked waters (ponds, swamp holes and patches of water close to highways) where "serious" Bass anglers never fished and where tournament Bass fishermen would never dream of putting their "glitter-gelcoat speedmachines". The reason for the big Bass living out their lives in such waters is because no-one really believes they are there and the children usually fishing those places don't use tackle capable of subduing big Bass.

Makes one think, doesn't it?


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