After Wednesday's near miss I took the 8 wt out yesterday and managed to catch several 11 -13" bass but the 14" one was not there for me.
I tried rationalizing that all of the bass I caught this year would be keepers if I caught them at Lake Fork, but that didn't help.
Today was my last day of vacation and I decided to give it 1 more try. I also decided to take the 5 wt. I figured if I was going to catch a bunch of undersized fish, I might as well make it more sporting.
The day started out OK. I caught some 10 - 12 inch fish, but as the sun came up the wind started blowing 15 mph into my face. My casting stunk. The other side of the pond was out of the wind but had 3 people fishing it.
After an hour or so they left and I moved. The moss went out 20 - 30 feet on that side. I managed 3 or 4 pinks in about 30 minutes.
I moved down the bank to where the moss and weeds were less, but it was pretty shallow.
Then it finally happened. I got a hit and the first couple of strips made me think another dink. But then the fish got stubborn and I knew I had a pretty good one. I fought it for a minute or two and finally got it to stop making runs. I had left my net 50 yards away. I wasn't going to make the mistake of dragging it up on the bank so I reached down and lipped it.
Got out my tape measure and saw it was 14 1/2".
One year, a small fortune in rods and reels, and enough money spent on flies to have my wife threaten to kill me and I finally get my keeper (that I let go)