How it all happened


According to a comprehensive writeup from Christopher Decker on, 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.