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Ken Addington who is a really good big bass fisherman held a luncheon at Bass Pro Shops Uncle Bucks last Friday in Grapevine Texas in my honor of 'Have lunch with a Big Bass Fishing Legend' At the luncheon I was asked to tell the story of the Louisiana Outlaws Chapter in my new book 'The Journey of an Old Big Bass Fisherman'.
I told the story in it's entirety of how 36 years ago in May 1980 The Battle of the Lakes Big Bass Tournament based out of Longview TX was held and one of the cheaters won the tournament with a bass that had been purchased from Florida. Several of the cheaters ended up being convicted and sentenced to prison. One in particular who had a grudge against me for disqualifying him a month before for cheating blind sided me after the way in and gave me a maxillary facial blow out. I met a young man in his early twenties who had caught a 7.5 lb bass on Lake Palestine in that tournament. He was excited about the possibilities of winning $60,000 only to lose to the cheater. When I finished telling the story, the man sitting next to me said, 'I am in your book, I am that young man you just told about'. He proceeded to pull out the entry form, the advertisement, newspaper articles about it, photographs etc that he had brought to the luncheon. What are the odds of me from Louisiana meeting that young man from Texas 36 years later. Miracles do happen.

April 20, 2016 at 1:42pm

Here is a photo of my 10 biggest caught New Year's Eve 1977.
10 Bass weighed 86 lbs.
Did not keep the 6 others that went from 6-7lbs that day.
You can read about this and other stories in my new book:
The Journey of an Old Big Bass Fisherman

March 17, 2016 at 11:23am

My new book, The Journey of an Old Big Bass Fisherman is now available
It became a best seller in 3 days after publishing it.
Hop onboard and learn about the history of Toledo Bend. Tournament Fishing, Big Bass Fishing Techniques. It includes a never before seen map of where I caught close to 1000 bass 7-9lbs as well as numerous stories you will enjoy reading. More than 30,000 Bass fishermen have previewed and purchased my book.
In addition to Toledo Bend it contains tournament ventures on other Louisiana lakes as well, It is full of photos, favorite lures and illustrations.
It is available immediately at
best sellers or The journey of an Old Big Bass Fisherman
This will take you to the book for purchase.
Ships within 2-3 days.

March 17, 2016 at 11:13am
A comment titled: Re: My Best Day on Toledo Bend in response to a report titled: My Best Day on Toledo Bend

Thanks to all of you for supporting my new book. I have had hundreds of great responses and met many many great fisherman!

July 19, 2016 at 1:44pm
A comment titled: Re: My Best Day on Toledo Bend in response to a report titled: My Best Day on Toledo Bend

This is a sketch of me at 7 years old in my book tied to a tree by my grandfather so I would not fall in the river while he was working his wheat fields. When he came back to get me later that day he asked me how many I got. Not how many I caught.
To each his own!

March 21, 2016 at 6:44pm
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In 1977 I was 21 years old. We found all the big bass holes with a lowrance flasher. we did not have any of the see down see side or navigate by satellite stuff you young guys have now. I made about 3,000 a month and that was great back then. We had one choice of line...Stren mono. Garcia 5500's were high tech. A Fenwick rod was expensive. Eventually we switched to Lews rods and reels but the line guide on a Lews reel would freeze up as the line passed through it locking the reel handle. We caught thousands of bass on TB. We fished for meat. (small bass 15 fish limit in LA for food). The 10 bass shown here were caught in one day. Not many people can manage that even with today's equipment. It was a single day catch of a lifetime, not a big fish build-up over years of fishing so you could have them stringer mounted.I had many days of 3 to 6 7-8 pound fish but did not keep them. They are not good for the table. We tossed them back to be caught again. If you're a young one you probably do throw all the fish you catch back. My hat is off to you. The only fish I keep now are Crappie. I am a conservationist. When I bow hunt with my longbow and cedar arrows I usually hunt one deer the entire season. Oct 1993 I took a 12 pt. 24' inside spread, second biggest deer ever taken with a bow in Louisiana. I hunted that deer for 2 years before I could get a fair shot at him. I hunted another deer for 3 years only to find out he had been run over by a pick up truck. Conservation, catch & release, fair chase, I'm all for it.
Photo for thought: My parachute jig I invented, two small cupped blades with 2 ball bearings attached to braided wire molded into the jighead. The blades spun horizontal like a helicopter blade as it fell. 3/8 oz would fall slower than a regular 1/2 oz jig. When you lift it up and let it fall it does a summersault and heads back the way it came from. I can't count the number of big bass I've caught on this bait. My best was 12 lb. I still attach a spring lizard waterdog to it. I still have a couple of bags. Black and blue were my favorite color.
I want to thank all of you for your comments good or bad. Each of you are special in your own way.
God Bless and I hope when its all aid and done you can say what Gus said to Captain Call, 'Its been a hell of ride!

March 21, 2016 at 4:12pm
A comment titled: Re: My Best Day on Toledo Bend in response to a report titled: My Best Day on Toledo Bend

Thanks Admiral. I know there are a lot of experienced fishermen like us here. I'm trying to pay it forward so some young angler can have his personal Journey of a Big Bass Lifetime.

March 17, 2016 at 3:06pm
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