Allan Cole (created the AC Plug , which spawned the swimbait revolution on the west coast) and Steve Keene (long-time fishing buddy) just had possibly the best day ever in the history of big bass. On Friday, March 10th, they landed 4 fish over 10 pounds at Lake Casitas in California, including a 10, 12.5, 16.1 and 18.6! The 18.6 pounder is around the 4th largest bass out of Casitas of ALL TIME! (that according to Randy King at the lake).
We have NEVER heard of anyone getting two fish over 16 pounds out of the same boat, on the same day, anywhere. All of the fish were caught on various AC Plugs, which are considered by many to be an outdated lure with the advent of the latest soft baits. Allan's 16 pound 1 ounce fish was caught on his AC Plug "Real Trout" and Steve caught the monster 18 pound 6 ounce bass on the AC Plug "Triple Real Trout".
As far as we know, Steve's 18.6 is the largest bass in the nation for 2006. Consider that Casitas has been fished by hundreds of thousands of anglers over its recent history…and this is around the 4th largest bass of all time. That is pretty amazing by any standards.
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