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#11628559 - 05/26/16 03:14 PM The fish that seriously kick started my fishing addiction...
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Registered: 04/12/05
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Loc: Emory, Texas
My wife was going through some old pictures last week that belonged to my Mother N Law. Low and behold there it was, the first Florida transplant that started the hunt for monster bass in Texas.

At the time my generation had never seen a bass like this, except in Florida, and Georgia.. I remember I was at work when the word hit the street, everyone who was any kind of bass fisherman was all over Monti..
We lived on Lake Winnsboro, so it was a short trip to the Tri-Lakes area.. Man, Jimmy's fish got everyone all excited, and we still are to this day...

He was my wifes uncle, mothers-brother, I had the pleasure of meeting him and getting to know him as a family member, what a super guy he was too..
I hope you enjoy seeing a bit history in this old newspaper clipping, they had no idea what was about to happen..

Jimmy passed away a few yrs back, he is missed.
To backup his catch, he also had a couple of 12's, I got to hold all the mounts.
Sure wish I had them for my collection..



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#11628571 - 05/26/16 03:20 PM Re: The fish that seriously kick started my fishing addiction... [Re: RedSkeeter]
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That's a great story, thanks for sharing!
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#11628576 - 05/26/16 03:21 PM Re: The fish that seriously kick started my fishing addiction... [Re: Danny L. Weems]
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Originally Posted By: Danny L. Weems
That's a great story, thanks for sharing!
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#11628589 - 05/26/16 03:28 PM Re: The fish that seriously kick started my fishing addiction... [Re: RedSkeeter]
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Thanks for sharing, Billy. Still the lake record, I believe. What was the name of the guide out there that caught a couple giants on crankbaits back in the day? I'm getting old and his name escapes me. UPDATE. I just remembered his name, Tommy Milam.

Another guy I remember well from the mid 80's was Max Roach. He caught some giants at Pinkston. He was an old hippy that fished out of a floating lawn chair. I think I saw him at Monti, too. But I saw him at Pinkston all the time.
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#11628602 - 05/26/16 03:36 PM Re: The fish that seriously kick started my fishing addiction... [Re: RedSkeeter]
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Your not thinking of the guy on Welsh are ya, Bob Smith knows him very well if he's the guy.. I can't remember, it'll come to me.
You know someone on here will recall who it was.. I wonder how many people remember when it went down with Jimmy's fish.. I was 21 at the time, and a absolute fishing NUT.... It's caused 2-divorce's, for real... hammer
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#11628607 - 05/26/16 03:38 PM Re: The fish that seriously kick started my fishing addiction... [Re: RedSkeeter]
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I remember Jimmy's fish well, Billy. Us big bass freaks may be getting older and memories harder to come by, but Jimmy's fish is etched in my memory. And you're right, Tommy Milam guided on Welsh, too.
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#11628615 - 05/26/16 03:41 PM Re: The fish that seriously kick started my fishing addiction... [Re: RedSkeeter]
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Originally Posted By: RedSkeeter
Your not thinking of the guy on Welsh are ya, Bob Smith knows him very well if he's the guy.. I can't remember, it'll come to me.
You know someone on here will recall who it was.. I wonder how many people remember when it went down with Jimmy's fish.. I was 21 at the time, and a absolute fishing NUT.... It's caused 2-divorce's, for real... hammer


You're not talking about Bob Smith from The Tackle Shop (Barlow's) are you?
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#11628631 - 05/26/16 03:47 PM Re: The fish that seriously kick started my fishing addiction... [Re: RedSkeeter]
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The Moderator Bob.. grin
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#11628658 - 05/26/16 04:03 PM Re: The fish that seriously kick started my fishing addiction... [Re: RedSkeeter]
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bang
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#11628705 - 05/26/16 04:22 PM Re: The fish that seriously kick started my fishing addiction... [Re: RedSkeeter]
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Good story. Thank you
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#11628717 - 05/26/16 04:29 PM Re: The fish that seriously kick started my fishing addiction... [Re: RedSkeeter]
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Billy - There were so many great fishing memories from back in those days about the time Fork was first filling up. The stories of Monticello fishing, the Murvaul Monsters etc and the one thing that really got me going was the guy ( I think his name was Mr. Alexander) caught those two huge fish on Lake Echo. There was also the greatness of so many new lakes that came about during those years.
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#11628718 - 05/26/16 04:30 PM Re: The fish that seriously kick started my fishing addiction... [Re: RedSkeeter]
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Wonderful memories made right there. Thanks for sharing.
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#11628727 - 05/26/16 04:35 PM Re: The fish that seriously kick started my fishing addiction... [Re: RedSkeeter]
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Murvaul is responsiable for all those fish, whoever made that decision to use a Murvaul fish and a Florida was genius..
There is an unknown hero in that deal ???
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#11628729 - 05/26/16 04:37 PM Re: The fish that seriously kick started my fishing addiction... [Re: RedSkeeter]
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Kimbell's fish is what brought me to Texas, straight out of high school. Monti is still my favorite lake. For a while, getting on that water was all I cared about. I caught my first DD back in Smith, fishing out of a Buster Boat.
Max Roach caught the only other 14 lber that was officially weighed in at Kountry Korner.
Tommy Milam was probably the most prolific guide out there for years and boated many DD's. A Rebel Maxi-R crankbait accounted for a good number of them. Bob Garcia was another Monti regular that stayed on big fish. The old 11" Mister Twister worm was his weapon of choice. Bill Ocker was the Welsh guide who caught the lake record 15 lber out there. Man, how time flies.

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#11628762 - 05/26/16 04:54 PM Re: The fish that seriously kick started my fishing addiction... [Re: RedSkeeter]
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Bill Ocker, that was the guy I was thinking about.. He still fishes Welsh all the time.. 15 lber, geez I'd love that. My best is only a mear 12 + compared to the monsters of the day, small fry.
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