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I imagine I'm preaching to the choir when I say there are few things that get an angler's heart racing like a bass exploding on a topwater bait. On Lady Bird Lake in Austin, I had a 5-pound northern strain breach on my plug like the Red October.
After driving into the early morning hours, we arrived in Austin, Texas, in anticipation of a full day ahead. With only a day left to fish, and the reality that we'd have to cut out the Louisiana swing we had to find a place close by that we could catch a northern from kayaks while we waited for the Guadalupe River outfitters to open their doors.
On paper, catching all eight species of bass in five days sounded like a superior plan. But it was more difficult than we anticipated as we found ourselves questioning the Guadalupe.
In this photo gallery you will see photos of the 2009 Bass Slam on the Guadalupe River.
Brad Bookmyer of Leander, Texas, had his fishing trip cut short January 21, but he was happy about it. After hooking two fish so big he could not turn them and keep them from getting off the hook, he landed a 15.45-pound largemouth bass that was 22 inches in girth and 26.25 inches long.
Alton Jones talks about his dad who helped him get into the outdoors by spending his time, love and money.
After three days on the Mississippi River, Elite rookie Billy McCaghren has taken the lead.
Photos submitted by anglers to the 2009 July/August Lunker Club.
Bassmaster Magazine readers submit their lunkers for publication in the June 2009 issue.