10 THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT THE SEVENTEEN - BY MIKE GILBERT

 
Catch and Release works. As you will read later. 

Catch and Release works. As you will read later. 

1. The 17.4lb bass was caught on February 16th, 2013 at Lower Otay Lake in Chula Vista, California.

2. She is the second largest documented fish caught at Lower Otay since the lake record was set in 1980 at 18.75lbs.

3. To date, she is the largest bass caught on video, cast2catch using a hard bait and the largest bass caught on a glide bait. 

17.4lbs on a glide bait. 

17.4lbs on a glide bait. 

4. She was nicknamed “Erica” after Erica Yary, the host of an online skateboarding show called “The Weekend Buzz” to go along with other famous fish like Dottie or Butch Brown’s “Sally”. It was a joke at the time, but I think it works.  

5. With the seventeen in the live well, I made a bad cast at the dock and broke the bait she was caught on. That can be seen in “Trophy Bass Fishing Fails: Destined to Fail Vol.1”.  When Andrew Hinkle showed up later that day he completely repaired the bait. It was retired that evening and has not touched water since. 

6. Despite Mike Long bringing all the proper tools to get measurements of the fish, we were to caught up in the moment and failed to get them.  All I have as reference to her size is a couple of photos of me with her cradled in my handles and a rod on the deck in front of us.

7. After releasing her and dropping Mike Long and Andrew off at the dock. I fished the remainder of the day, with the broken but fixed bait and caught a 6lber and 8.5lber  on it. 

Two more in the afternoon of February 16th, 2013.  

Two more in the afternoon of February 16th, 2013.  

Check those lake rules... 

Check those lake rules... 

8. When word of the catch spread, rumors went wild.  It was frustrating at the time but as you have seen in the video, rumors like the following are completely outrageous.  Quote “A Border Patrol Agent saw him catch her on a live trout the night before, tie her off to a tree and the he went back the next day, removed her from the tree and pretended like he caught her that day.”  That's so over the top i don't know who would even believe that story? Let's just say i'm real glad I have the whole thing on video. You can't argue with cast2catch.

9. After catching her and the other two for roughly 31.9lbs on Saturday, I returned to the lake Sunday blank after fishing sunrise to sunset without a single bite.

Noy Vilaysane's PB 13.3lb largemouth caught three years later not far from where I released her when she was 17.4lbs. 

Noy Vilaysane's PB 13.3lb largemouth caught three years later not far from where I released her when she was 17.4lbs. 

10. She has been caught twice since being released in 2013. Both catches took place in the summer of 2016 several weeks apart, both times on more traditional style tackle. First was by Noy Vilaysane as a new personal best at 13.3lbs and the second time by Carlos Bejar as a new personal best at 13.44lbs. Catch and release works!

Pay close attention to the markings above the pectoral fins on my fish and Noy's fish and you will notice the exact same pattern.   She was just younger and more vibrant. 

Pay close attention to the markings above the pectoral fins on my fish and Noy's fish and you will notice the exact same pattern.   She was just younger and more vibrant.