Tangling with big ones right away

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three big bass caught

I thought it would be a good idea to hit a local pond for my first day of testing these rods. I figured the more bites I got, the better I’d be able to gauge what the rod was capable of. I didn’t end up getting many bites that day, but the ones I got were big. My first bite went around 4 pounds. My buddy with me asked if I wanted him to get the net, I kind of laughed and said, “Nah, let’s see what this rod can do,” as I boat flipped the fish.

I was using the 7-foot, 11-inch extra heavy with a Medlock Double Weedguard Jig. The rod swung the fish into the boat with no problem at all.

My next bite came about 45 minutes later and it was a toad. As I set the hook, I rolled a big one out of a tree and my buddy was like, “You gonna boat flip that one, too?” I was like, “Naaah, not this time. Get the net!”

Calling for a net in a pond is pretty comical but to be honest, I thought it was a 10-pounder during the fight. I have yet to break the double-digit mark, even in a pond. So he scooped her up and when we put her on the scales, she topped out a little over 8 1/2 pounds. About 30 minutes later, I boated my third fish of the day pushing 7 1/2 pounds. So the first three fish I caught on one of these rods went for about 20 pounds. I’d say it was a good day.