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This Alabama record yellow bass was caught by Dennis M. Woebbeking
in upper Guntersville Reservoir, Jackson County on April 12, 2000 using cut bait.
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The Little Known Bass
by Dennis Woebbeking, holder of the Alabama and world yellow bass record

"Morone mississippiensis, yellow bass or bait stealer.  If you have ever used red worms or minnows in the Tennessee River or the Mobile delta, you have probably caught this little known bass.  Most people consider them nuisance, bait stealers or just trash fish.  Small in average size, 6 to 9", they are a real fighter for their size. If you are lucky enough to catch a one pounder, you will probably swear you have a 3 pound largemouth bass on your line.  Even at 6 to 8 ounces, they rank in taste with bluegill or crappie and are easy to filet.  Deep fried with a batter of club soda and self-rising flour makes for some good eating.  The best time of the year to catch these little fighters is in early spring, April and May.  Using an ultra light or light action rod and reel will really give you the action most of us are looking for.  Yellow bass seem to like shallow, swift water and will strike at almost any kind of bait.  This spring, while fishing in the Tennessee River near Stevenson, Alabama, I caught the granddaddy of all yellow bass.  At 16-1/2 inches, 2 pounds 8 ounces, I broke by 15 ounces the state record that had stood for 26 years and the world record (that had stood for 23 years) by 4 ounces.  Needless to say, I didn't eat this one!

I want to thank my wife Sue, who wanted me to go fishing that day to catch our evening supper."

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