How it all happened

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According to a comprehensive writeup from Christopher Decker on Bassmaster.com, the huge smallmouth ate a soft-plastic bait rigged on a Eco Pro Tungsten Shroom Head.

Diede was actually having a tough time finding bites the previous day and upon changing areas, he boated a 6.39-pound smallmouth which was his personal best at the time. As it turns out, he caught this state-record fish just 100 yards away the next day.