“Oh yea I caught a few three pounders and a couple fives yesterday on the creek… It was an alright day of fishing…”
STOP: There is nothing that makes my blood boil more than the statement above or any of the many variations you’ll hear when talking to other anglers in Pennsylvania.
It seems that if you have 2011 Pennsylvania fishing license and the ability to cast a line you are guaranteed multiple three pound or larger bass on every trip. At least that’s what you’d believe if you’d listen to what other anglers are saying…
I’m writing this article as a wake up call. For all of you that think 12″ Largemouth Bass are three pound bass I have news for you. You’re wrong. I’d even venture that fat 18″ Largemouth Bass aren’t three pounders. In fact, three pound Bass generally aren’t something you catch often in PA.
Now I could brag about the beautiful Largemouth Bass I happened to catch today and how it is by far the best fish I’ve caught this year and how it was 21″ and weight a little over three pounds but I’m going to be humble.
I know catching a REAL three pound Largemouth Bass in PA doesn’t happen on every trip so I figure I’ll be a sport and show you what one looks like.
Now that is what a three pound PA Largemouth Bass looks like. Yes they do exist in Montgomery County.
As a rule of thumb: If the fish isn’t as wide as your shoulders you probably don’t have a three pound bass.
And for those of you who throw monster baits hoping that the one giant fish of the lake will take your lure let me teach you something else. This three pound bucketmouth was caught on a little 3″ black Gary Yamamoto Senko on a size 1 hook.
Are you rocking three and five pound fish in PA? Am I just being a grumpy di*k? Let us know in the comments below!