by Miss Libby
Posted on Sun Oct 01 2017
Here are some gallery photos of Lake Trace incredible fishermen who have sent me pictures of their 2017 bass catches verified by witnesses, a digital scale or fish biologists and a picture -- which we know is worth a thousand words. To you guys I say...I am so proud of your skill in capturing these illusive beasts of Lake Trace! (All fish were released BTW). So our 2017 TUFF standings show your double digit lunkers currently in first and second place. These two fish add up to over 26 pounds!
Our seasonal TUFF Derby ends November 15th so there is a chance that one of you may be knocked off the TUFF Scoreboard by then. There's a State record 16 pound large mouth bass in Lake Trace I am sure!! (Don has seen it.) To the Lake Trace fishing folks who are reading this now .... go get her! Who knows? You may receive the coveted, newly designed, extremely handsome engraved TUFF plaque shown in the gallery below. There are other categories in the Adult and Youth Divisions. Go to Catches to register for the Derby.
PS. My catch (shown above) was thirteen pounds, seven ounces, and the lucky date was March 10, 2013. She came up lethargically out of 16 feet in the chilly river channel below the Hidden Lake cove and the dam. She was blind in one eye and was barely hooked on a purple shad deep diving crank bait inherited from Barry Butzer's tackle that Nancy B gave me after Barry's passing in 2008. Barry had been Director of TUFF for 15 years. It was very serendipitous actually. Thank you Barry! The lunker measured at 27.25 inches long by 21.75 inches and the NCWRC fish biologist said she was over 13 years old. Witnessed and photographed by Sarge Alyies of Hidden Lake, this Grand Lady Of Lake Trace was released to spawn more Lunkers! Click on Read More to see the pictures and click on the picture to see names and other bass caught before our Derby started March 1st, plus our current 1st and 2nd place bass entries.