Have you ever been in a predicament where you bird nested or gotten backlash on your baitcaster, then after untangling your fishing line, come to find out you have a monster bass at the end of your line? Well it’s happened to me two or three times in my fishing lifetime! But never this size, lol!!! Check out the monster David Houston caught after suffering from a minor set of backlash on his baitcaster. After a few pulls on Houston’s backlash from his baitcaster, he got situated… But something didn’t quite feel right, David Houston said “It didn’t feel like I was on the bottom, and I had the weird feeling of not being on the bottom when I knew I should have been. I went ahead and set the hook.”
Immediately after pulling back on his fishing rod, that set into motion a relatively brief battle that resulted in Houston landing a certified 14.08-pound fish from the lake’s north end. Immediately after he placed the big bass in his live well and headed to the marina complex to weigh and record the massive fish. All in all, the lunker weighed 14.08 pounds, measured 23 1/2 inches long and supported a girth of 24 3/4 inches. Houston said he’s a big believer in catch and release, so immediately after the weigh-in, he released big birtha back into the water.
David Houston has officially taken the top spot for Poverty Point Reservoir, beating out the previous record by about a pound, which was Keith Lofton’s 13.06 pound bass caught on February 2, 2012. Louisiana’s current state record is Greg Wiggins’ 15.97 pound largemouth bass from Caney Lake back in 1999. Still awfully close if you ask me, I think there’s new state record roaming around Poverty Point Reservoir somewhere.
Tip: Houston was said to catch this big bass near the marina complex at Poverty Point State Park in 8 feet of water using a 10-inch tequila sunrise Yum ribbontail worm. The conditions were cold, with temperatures in the upper 40s and a water temperature of only 42 degrees. Sometimes those colder days pay off!
Also David Houston uses 15-pound Berkley Trilene 100% fluorocarbon, a type of fishing line some fishermen swear by, due to it’s transparency! But really, I think today’s record fish was caught due to one of the line’s negative qualities, which is high memory. Ironic isn’t it, I love this sport for the amount weird stuff that goes on. Hell everyone’s got a fishing story, right? lol.
But really, I think sometimes just letting a soft plastic bait such as the Yum ribbontail worm sit at the bottom of the lake does the trick. This provides the enticing moment for a big fish to strike. The fish feels the moment is perfect, because the prey is vulnerable, and then they strike, they strike hard!!! But really, there’s no telling if this big record bass struck the bait when it was gracefully falling to the bottom. I’ve had many times where I casted a soft plastic bait, soon after it hit the water, many fish like to strike it! Almost all species: bass, pike, walleye, and muskie! This moment in time can provide a unique action of the lure when it’s falling.
Whatever the killer combination was of the day, something did the trick. Sometimes just being at the right spot at the right does the trick. All in all, I think David Houston was one lucky fisherman. And really Houston himself claimed, “there wasn’t much skill involved.” Still though, you gotta give the guy credit for catching and releasing this beautiful fish! Congratulations on the new record David Houston!!!