Okay, so I’m not sure where they keep records of such feats, but Bill Prince’s 5-fish limit of Trinity Lake smallmouth bass that went 27.7 pounds is certainly the California record in my book…
I know, it’s hard to tell from a photo of a replica mount (he let all the bass go) just how big the fish were, but take a look at that 13-inch rainbow trout that’s in there for scale and you’ll get a better idea. Prince was fishing a club tournament on Sept. 30, 2007 when he weighed in a 6.36 pounder, a 6.30 and the three little ones were all 5 plus pounds.
“My smallest was 5.07 pounds,” says Prince. With 27 pounds and change for the day, Prince, of course, won the tourney, but he would have gotten a check on any lake with a sack like that — even a place like Clear Lake that’s famous for huge largemouth.
“I was just kinda focused on fishing that day and then, later, opened the livewell and went ‘son of a ….'” he says. “I caught all the smallies drop-shotting a 4-inch Pro Worm that day…a day I won’t forget!”
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