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My World Record Spot
By Bryan Shishido


Date: June 25, 2001

To: Whom It May Concern

Subject: New California State Record Spotted Bass and New World Record Spotted Bass

On April 21, 2001, I caught the new California State Record Spotted Bass and World Record out of Pine Flat Lake in central California. I have attached an article describing the event. I believe the fishing world would enjoy reading how during a team tournament, a fish of a lifetime was hooked and landed.

The fish was certified and weighed 10.27 pounds. I took the fish during an American Bass, Big Valley Region Team Tournament using your products which allowed me to be successful. I'd like to thank you for providing me with a quality product to catch a fish of a lifetime.

Sincerely,

Bryan Shishido

This morning started off like most tournaments with some streaks of morning light just starting to peek over the Sierra Nevada's on California's Pine Flat Lake. Steve Salcedo and I have been fishing together for 22 years, we managed to amass a pile of tournament victories that included three bass boats. Today's victory would surpass all that with the setting of a new California state and world record spotted bass that hopefully may last for a long time on top of the record books!

The day started off with a good starting position draw of boat number four in the American Bass, Big Valley Region Team Tournament. This would allow us to open the throttle on my Yamaha VMAX 225 and have my Skeeter ZX 202 hooked up and heading towards a small flat located in Sycamore Cove. The water temperature was 58-60 degrees and clear with about 10 foot visibility. The boat ride was smooth and quick as we traveled the five miles up the lake. The area had been holding some good largemouth during practice, and the largemouth seemed to be more aggressive before the sun hit the water.

We started throwing the hottest bait on the market today - a color 187 Senko made by Gary Yamamoto. We fish them on G. Loomis rods (MBR783C GLX) with Shimano Chronarch 100 reels spooled with 8 lb. test Trilene XL line. The Senko is a soft plastic bait we fish with no weight, only a Gamakatsu 2/0 round bend hook rigged Texas style. This bait is a drop bait that slowly falls with subtle twists and flairs. It has been providing us with consistent catches especially on heavily-pressured bass. In the early morning this day, we fished them more aggressively like twitch baits jerked just under the surface, and hooked up right away with two largemouths about 1 3/4 lbs. each plus four short fish.

At 8:30 am, the sun hit the water and the bite shut off, so we ran a mile and a half down the lake to the Windy Gap/Billy Creek area where in practice we had used our Aqua-View underwater camera to locate a good concentration of spotted bass.

Billy Creek has long been known as a place that is perfect for spawning bass as it is a narrow creek adjacent to deep water. The bank is sloping red clay with scattered chunk rocks. The spotted bass weren't as aggressive as the largemouths, so we slowed down our presentation by casting our Senkos out in 7-10 feet of water and letting them fall slowly. Then working them out to 15-20 feet of water. The fish would hit them on the fall as they fell with a side-to-side motion. The key for us in getting bites was the bait must fall on a slack line. It is a slow process, but one that any line tension would rob the action of the bait.

In the first 75 yards, we caught two spots about 1 3/4 lbs. apiece plus three short fish. Steve changed baits and started throwing a Yamamoto color 176 (cinnamon pepper) Hula grub on a 1/4 oz. jig head. The bank got steeper the next 75 yards where we had caught 5 fish in practice that were better quality than the other fish in the area. Importantly, in the past we had caught two spots both over 7 lbs. off this stretch of bank. We fished 50 yards of the bank - nothing. Then Steve hooked a nice 2 1/2 lb. spot on the Hula grub at 9:20 am which gave us our five fish limit.

I was still working the Senko in about 10 feet of water and as I raised and lowered the bait ever so slowly, I felt a slight "tick" as a fish picked up my bait. I set the hook and told Steve, "Here's one!"  This fish swam out past the front of the boat, pulling drag without hesitation. Steve asked, "What have you got, a salmon?"  It then turned and headed out towards the middle of the lake still pulling drag. Steve said, "It can't be a bass, it is too fast. It must be a salmon."  The fish continued to move away fast, and Steve chased it with my Motorguide 767 trolling motor out into the lake, and now the fish was directly under the bow but still down over 20 feet and we could not see it. Steve said, "I don't think you'll break it off here, and after those runs, it has to be hooked good."  It dove again and as I slowly gained line back, Steve caught a glimpse of it. "Oh cripes!"  "It's a bass!"  "Bryan, you get this one in the boat, we've won the tournament!"

Now I am a nervous wreck as I have had this fish on for quite a while and now we both know it is a monster bass! With 10-12 more turns of the reel handle, the fish was at boatside and Steve placed our Frabill landing net under her. Into the boat she came! Steve was yelling and screaming "What a fish!"  "It's a huge spot!" Steve reached into the net and held the fish up by the lower lip. When he did, the hook fell right out and I nearly fainted. We both looked at each other, just laughing together. It was 9:40 am on April 21, 2001 and a potential new world record was caught! Steve shook my hand, slapped me on the back and placed the fish in the livewell along with some Sure Life Calming Agent to help her relax as he culled the smallest fish.

We sat down and just floated for a while. I asked Steve, "How big do you think she is?" Steve replied, "I don't know...maybe 9 or 10 pounds."  "Bryan, you could have just caught a new world record!" We talked about if it was a world record what we would do with her. I wanted the fish to be alive, and if not a record, to be released as I believe a great fish like that has earned the right to live a long life and possibly become a record someday. Steve suddenly said, "Hey, what are we doing way out here in the middle of the lake?"  I guess we were still a little excited!

We continued to fish the same area the rest of the day and caught another 12 keepers most all of which came on Hula grubs as the Senko bite shut down about 10:30 am. Well, it is finally 2:30 pm and it has been a long five hours now with a potential world record doing fine in the livewell. Off we went to weigh-in!

As we pulled up to the dock at Lombardo's marina, Steve said, "OK, Bryan, go weigh these fish in." I said, "No, you weigh them. You've taken them to the scales all these years. We're not changing things now." I watched as a crowd gathered around and Charles McNess, the tournament director, announced the weight at 10.48 pounds and a total bag of five fish for 18.30 pounds! Steve walked down the ramp with the fish, a smile, and his fist proudly raised in the air!

We kept the fish alive and took her to Doyal's Store in Piedra to have her weighed on a certified scale, as it was the same scale used to weight Kirk Samato's current record spot. Mr. Will Grove of the California Fish and Game Department met us there and took scale samples, measurements, pictures and weighed her on the certified scale at 10.27 lbs, with a 21" inch girth and 24" length. The best part was that the fish was alive and well.

We won the tournament, received awards, then received a special permit from the Fish and Game Department to transport the fish to Clovis Valley Rod and Gun that has a 750 gallon aquarium. The sad news was that the fish did not make it through the night. California Department of Fish and Game Supervisor Randy Kelly did a visual check of the fish and then she was frozen.

On May 3, 2001, Dale Mitchell, Regional Fisheries Chief of the State Department of Fish and Game along with Fisheries Supervisor Stan Stephens, and Department of Fish and Game Biologist, Jim Hoak, went through a protocol for determining species identity and a list of diagnostic characteristics of a spotted bass. "No question, this is a spotted bass", was a statement made by Dale Mitchell. Mitchell certified it a State Record, stating now we have to submit all material including the line, all tackle and weight certificate to apply as a world record.

I turned to Steve, "Well partner, in 22 years of fishing together, this is one we'll never forget. How can we beat this?"  Steve shrugged his shoulders at me and smiled.

- Bryan Shishido

Bryan Shishido is a pharmacist currently with the State of California. Bryan is 53 years old. Bryan has been fishing tournaments with the same partner, Steve Salcedo, for the past 22 years. Together, they have won three boats plus several other first place awards. Bryan and Steve plan to continue fishing team tournaments together in the future. They enjoy the competition and they are ready!

Equipment Used

  • 2000 Skeeter ZX 202

  • Yamaha 225 VMAX w/Yamaha 27" stainless prop

  • Motorguide 767 trolling motor w/Power Gator mount

  • Lowrance X-15 MT w/GPS mapping system

  • Aqua-view underwater camera

  • Trojan SCS 225 batteries

Tackle Used

  • G. Loomis MBR783C GLX rods

  • Shimano Chronarch SF100 reels

  • Yamamoto Senkos 9L series color 187 (clear w/black) and 297 (green pumpkin)

  • Yamamoto Hula grubs 97 series 176 (cinnamon pepper)

  • Trilene 8 lb. test XL clear

  • Gamakatsu 2/0 round bend offset hooks #54412

  • Frabill landing net

  • Sure Life - Please Release Me

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