Pre-fishing Wednesday for an upcoming bass tournament, DeRidder’s Scott Williamson got a lot more than he bargained for on Toledo Bend.
Launching from a Texas public ramp that morning on the south end, the 38-year-old and his father, Fred, moved into waters near the Toledo Bend Dam – specifically Mill Creek.
“We started out catching a couple of fish,” Williamson said.
Two bass were taken early, one on a Wacky worm and the other on a Texas-rigged setup.
“Later we started throwing Rat-L-Traps and caught a few,” he said. “We had keeper fish up to 3 pounds.”
The anglers worked up and down the shoreline in Mill Creek, and later made casts into the channel itself.
“I was fishing over grass and a lot of stumps in 6- to 8-feet of water,” he said.
Williamson was throwing a ½-ounce craw-colored Rat-L-Trap on a 7-foot, medium-heavy Duckett Ghost rod. His reel was a Shimano Chronarch spooled with 50-pound PowerPro Super8Slick line.
“At about 10:45 my bait hit a stump,” he said. “I knocked it off the stump, and then it stopped.”
That's when the big fish hit, and immediately started pulling drag.
“It came up with only its mouth on the water,” he said. “I finally got her in and dad netted her.”
Williamson knew the bass was over 10 pounds when he saw it in the net.
“I weighed it on a Boga Grip, and it pegged around 10 pounds,” he said.
The anglers picked up later with the huge bass in the livewell and headed to Fin & Feather Resort for an official weight on Williamson's largest bass ever, which tipped the scales officially at 10.48 pounds.
His big bass is the 30th entry into the Toledo Bend Lunker Bass Program for the 2014-15 season, and Williamson will be awarded a free replica since the fish was at least 10 pounds and was tagged and released back into Toledo Bend waters.