Friday Flashback – February 18, 2002

Original log entry from 2/18/2002, short and sweet and just short of a lifetime fishing goal

A six-pound bass is a big deal, and I spent a long time looking for one. At the time of today’s 2002 flashback, I had roughly eighteen years of sporadic bass fishing experience under my belt with a pair of five and a half pounders as my Top Bass. I’d also been fishing Emstrom’s Pond for fourteen years and knew that it had potential as it produced a 6-15 for my brother, Brent, in 1991.

So, when I hooked into the Emstrom’s bass below and saw it surface, I knew that I was going to be close to my six-pound goal. As it turned out, you couldn’t get much closer as the bass came in one ounce shy of six pounds. Sure, I wished that I could have mustered that one more ounce but putting the bass on the scale a pair of times it locked in at 5-15. Not a six, but it still established my new Top Bass mark.

Date: February 18, 2002 (4:00pm)
Location: Emstrom’s Pond, Knox County, IL
Weather: Overcast/windy
Weight: 5-15 (22”)
Lure: ¼ oz. jig (black/blue) with pork trailer (purple)
Structure: Beaver lodge

It would be quite a few more years before I found my six-pounder. And by that time, I already had a new Top Bass as I found one that skipped right over the six-pound range. Details on those catches to come in a Friday Flashback post next month. Talk to you later. Troy

2 thoughts on “Friday Flashback – February 18, 2002

  1. Stopped in today to see you’re back at it. Those of us that read your musings find it very enjoyable.
    We all go through the blahs from time to time. A good hike in the woods usually snaps me back to realizing thing aren’t that bad. Raising a family is no easy chore now compared to when my kids were young.
    On the bright side, I’m predicting ice out on March 7.

    1. Made my day to see a comment after a near eleven hour work day. Always fun to find somebody is out there. I am rooting for your March 7 prediction to be accurate. I appreciate you investing a few minutes to read and comment on these rambles. Talk to you later.

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