Missouri Record Fish Stories – Smallmouth Bass

Kevin Clingon loves to fish. More likely
than not on the nice sunny day you’llfind him out on the water
pursuing his passion. But 20 years agoKevin really loved to fish. And back
then that whole sunny day thing didn’tmean a thing. Why he’d get out in any
weather. KEVIN: yeah I’ll go I’d go tomorrowif it was 17 degrees. Doesn’t bother me.
Kevin’s big day was December 18, 1994. He was out on Stockton Lake was friend
Mike Bird. The entire drive up all Kevintalked about is the state record is
gonna get beat today. I’m not kidding you. Now get this. It was 17 degrees.
Whoo! But the fish were biting, big time. Some of the worst conditions can be some
of the best conditions on the lakeespecially with Stockton. It’s a really, incredibly windy lake. Somebrutal conditions can produce some
monster bags of fish. He caught alargemouth bass over 6 pounds. Then
another one, and then another one. Whoo!The fishin was crazy. Then another
monster largemouth was on his line thistime over 8 pounds.
Yeah, it was truly an epic day. So we’resitting here looking each other we’ve
already got five bass in the boat andthey’re all, all of them are over five pounds
and a couple of them are over six, and oneover eight. And Mike looked to me and he
said have you ever caught any smallmouth?And I said sure, but I don’t usually
catch them in this part of the lake. Asthe morning drew on they decided to move
to the Little Sac arm of the lake andtry their luck with smallmouth. Well
their luck held out. And we fished forwhat about 40 minutes and didn’t have
any bites and right as we come off and Ihad a Lawrence x16 paper graph and I saw
a line and the line indicates a fish andI dropped my spoon down there and I
hopped it one time and he hit it. And it was on. I knew it was a good fish, it never
jumped. It just stayed down. It justwould not come off the bottom. And I had
it on 12 pound line, backthen a five and a half foot bait casting
rod and we’ve got it up and netted it. And I told Mike when I netted it I’m pretty sure that’s a state recordsmallmouth. The fish Clingan reeled in
weighed 7 pounds 2 ounces making it thenew official Missouri state record for
smallmouth bass. Smallmouth rarely getlonger than 22 inches, five and a half
pounds of Missouri. And that 7pound 2 ounce fish. . . it’s just, it’s such an
exceptional fish. A fish of that sizewith the fighting ability that that
smallmouth have, I just I can’t imagine agreater thrill being a smallmouth
fisherman myself to me I mean there’s,there’s not a better, better state record
than that fish right there.

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Kevin Clingon loves to fish. More likely
than not on the nice sunny day you'llfind him out on the water
pursuing his passion. But 20 years agoKevin really loved to fish. And back
then that whole sunny day thing didn'tmean a thing. Why he'd get out in any
weather. KEVIN: yeah I'll go I'd go tomorrowif it was 17 degrees. Doesn't bother me.
Kevin's big day was December 18, 1994. He was out on Stockton Lake was friend
Mike Bird. The entire drive up all Kevintalked about is the state record is
gonna get beat today. I'm not kidding you. Now get this. It was 17 degrees.
Whoo! But the fish were biting, big time. Some of the worst conditions can be some
of the best conditions on the lakeespecially with Stockton. It's a really, incredibly windy lake. Somebrutal conditions can produce some
monster bags of fish. He caught alargemouth bass over 6 pounds. Then
another one, and then another one. Whoo!The fishin was crazy. Then another
monster largemouth was on his line thistime over 8 pounds.
Yeah, it was truly an epic day. So we'resitting here looking each other we've
already got five bass in the boat andthey're all, all of them are over five pounds
and a couple of them are over six, and oneover eight. And Mike looked to me and he
said have you ever caught any smallmouth?And I said sure, but I don't usually
catch them in this part of the lake. Asthe morning drew on they decided to move
to the Little Sac arm of the lake andtry their luck with smallmouth. Well
their luck held out. And we fished forwhat about 40 minutes and didn't have
any bites and right as we come off and Ihad a Lawrence x16 paper graph and I saw
a line and the line indicates a fish andI dropped my spoon down there and I
hopped it one time and he hit it. And it was on. I knew it was a good fish, it never
jumped. It just stayed down. It justwould not come off the bottom. And I had
it on 12 pound line, backthen a five and a half foot bait casting
rod and we've got it up and netted it. And I told Mike when I netted it I'm pretty sure that's a state recordsmallmouth. The fish Clingan reeled in
weighed 7 pounds 2 ounces making it thenew official Missouri state record for
smallmouth bass. Smallmouth rarely getlonger than 22 inches, five and a half
pounds of Missouri. And that 7pound 2 ounce fish. . . it's just, it's such an
exceptional fish. A fish of that sizewith the fighting ability that that
smallmouth have, I just I can't imagine agreater thrill being a smallmouth
fisherman myself to me I mean there's,there's not a better, better state record
than that fish right there.


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