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July 26, 2006

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Record Spotted Bass: Indiana man’s 5 pound, 5 ounce fish sets new state mark

Spottedbass_lg Anyone with a magazine subscription has read umpteen times that if you want to catch big bass, give them live bait. And that’s just what Indiana angler Larry Hinesley did to break one of the state’s longest standing records. Hinesley saw the giant spotted bass before he started casting. “I threw every lure in my box but it wouldn't take any of them,” he told the IDFW Wild Bulletin. As soon as he switched to a nightcrawler, though, there was little left to do but persuade his fishing line to hold up. "I was talking to [it] the whole time saying ‘don’t break, don’t break.’” It didn’t, and his 5 pound, 5 ounce spotted bass is now officially the new state record. http://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/recordfish/bass.htm

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