How high can a bass really jump?

Once a bass is hooked the war begins. Its important to pull back swiftly, as pulling too hard would cause the hook to slip out. When the bass jumps out of the water, rattling his mouth, trying to get the hook out is when the real excitement begins. Here is an interesting question: how high can a bass actually jump?  Usually, they get about a foot or so off of the water, but I observed what seemed like the Guinness Book of World record bass jump.

I was out on a boat with my buddy Dylan Lemcke in Haines City
, our usual fishing spot up a little creek. The same lake and spot as the other blog post I wrote. Anyways, we had been out there since 7 in the morning trying all types of bass fishing techniques with no luck. Crank baits is usually our go-to lure but this particular day they were not working for us. Finally, we got fed up with crank baits and decided to use fake night crawler on a Texas rig. Dylan was very skeptical of my techniques and choosing that lure but sure enough it worked.

The Bass war was on

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Jumping Bass

The war was on. Tugging, pulling, and hanging on for dear life… hoping that I did not lose this bass. Even though this is a fisherman’s story, I am not exaggerating. This bass had so much strength in him that it felt as if it was a 15 pounder. Sure enough, I was way off. It was still a pretty good size bass, ranging from 12 to 15 inches long and weighing about 3-5 pounds. I would have gotten a picture of it and posted it here, but this is were things went south.

Dylan decided that since we did not have a live well on the boat, we should bring a 5 gallon bucked to place the bass in. Our senseless logic behind it: there isn’t any. The bucket did not have a lid,  however we supposed placing the bass in the bucket with water would work.  While I had the bass in hand, Dylan stretched out over the side of the boat to fill the bucket with water. It did not take long for me to come to my senses and realize this situation would not turn out well. Regardless, Dylan grabbed a hold of the bass and placed it face down inside the bucket.

As soon as I begin to tell Dylan, “I bet you that this fish is going to jump…”, the bass turned itself around and swung his tail, propelling it out of the bucket. The Guinness Book of world record bass jump was about 4 feet into the air, over the rail and right back into the water. I could not begin to describe the amount of regret that came over me for letting that bass get away. I will make sure that we never again improvise on where we place bass, especially in 5 gallon buckets.This simply is my story about the one Bass that got away. What is yours?

 

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