Last August 14th, John Novak was fishing Cleawox Lake hoping to encounter the jumbo largemouth that had tried to eat the stocked rainbow trout he had hooked the previous week. He was fishing with a brown senko that he had purchased specically to target the jumbo bass. But he was surprised to hook a bass large enough to possibly be that very same bass.
When he landed the fish and removed the hook, John got his second surprise. The wide-gap hook he had threaded the senko on – had straightened to the point where it seemed unlikely to land any fish – let alone a genuine lunker.
The best part of the catch was that after taking a few photos, John released the lunker bass to possibly thrill future anglers.