This is my third personal best fish since I ordered the Cuda. I caught a 19lb blue cat out of my wifes kayak while the Cuda was on order. My first trip in the Cuda I landed a 23.25" bass that probably went 7lbs. Today I landed another blue. I caught it fishing for bass just like the other blue. The people at Jackson apparently sent my boat with a little extra mojo. I also landed big bass in the first KATS event last weekend.
Another kudos to Jackson. This boat was extremely stable when pull this monster in. My old Tarpon was very tipsy when I tried pulling the 19lber in. On with the story.....
Went to Lady Bird Lake today to brush off the skunk from yesterday. Hit the water around 7am and headed towards Barton Creek. No luck and saw it was around 9 and I needed to leave at 11. I hit two other familiar spots before I left. I got a few short strikes but couldn't get a commitment. Frustrated I switched to a jig. On my first cast I felt it stop way before it hit bottom. I reeled up felt something and set the hook with all I had.
When I set the hook I pulled drag like it wasn't set right. I tightened the drag and set it again. That's when i felt the fish pull. I knew it was big, maybe 10 or more. I reeled in trying to force the fish away from snags. She had other plans and tried wrapping me up but I was anchored and had leverage on my side along with braided line and a heavier rod. She started coming to the surface but never fully appeared. I pulled her, she pulled back with a vengeance and peeled drag like it was nothing. All I could do was sit and watch in awe as line steadily left my reel. Even if I didn't get the fish aboard I was in amazement as its shear strength. After 5 minutes of me reeling her in and her pulling more drag my arm about gave out but I got a glimpse of her. Another monster cat! I knew she was bigger than my 19lb from a few weeks ago. I had no idea how big though. After 10 minutes she wore out, thank god cause I couldn't take anymore. My arm was tired and I was toast. It took me 5 more minutes to get her in the kayak. She fell out of my hand 5 times or more, bit me a couple times and made me bleed. The only way I got her in was to hook the scale to her and pull her up. She weighed in at 34.14-35lbs. I couldn't lift her very long and I was worn out. She was too long to hold up out of the water very much so it's possible she may have been a few more ounces over 35. A lady rowing stopped and asked how I was doing and checked out the fish as I removed the jig and released it. 6 lbs away from the lake record but it was 100% awesome!!!!