BassWestUSA - January/February, 2011, Page 59

The eye of the sherman is like no other. Where most observers would see cattle grazing and countryside, the angler would note ledges, brush and similar underwater structure when the lake’s level ascends to higher banks. The local guides can nd the sh literally throughout the year at a wide range of ever-changing water levels. Falling water levels can reveal much, including this tomb of a local native from a century ago.

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hooked just broke off right under the boat and I’m beyond speechless. I had already landed an eleven pounder earlier, but this was a whole different kind of animal. She was insanely strong and headed down, down, down like a monster Key West grouper making a streak for a coral reef. My 17 lb test uorocarbon line snapped like a gunshot had been red, and then I’d detected a second, subtle yet horrible noise. It sounded like… a sneer. Morti- ed, humbled, scathed; all of the above was I, my face felt warm and reddened. The largest El Salto bass weighed to date was over eighteen pounds and the largest ever recorded anywhere in history was just a notch over twenty ve. Hmm? Just how lunky could the lunkiest lunker be, lunkin’ around down in the depths of this lake? There is an unmistakable essence to the strike of a big black bass. It is the un- adulterated aggressiveness, the sh truly

giving its all to the moment. Afterward, you know much about the nature of this species and the nest of these moments are really gratifying. This last one had been stunning, and I still marvel over it. Rolling back down the dusty moun- tain highway, back toward Mazatlan, the - esta’s over all too soon. I feel accused and accursed by the stares of sloe-eyed Brah- man cattle for missing the biggest bass I’ve hooked in this hemisphere. Its memory reigns preeminent above so many other sh over a fty year experience. Fortunately, the sight of the blue agave cactus which gives such solace to those of us it touches, is up- lifting. Tonight the distillation of this cactus will clear the mind and spark the spirit, like an angel’s kiss blown down from some brightly-lit botanical heaven. Then it will be time to plot my comeback. No, I’m not n- ished with the big bass waiting beneath the smooth surface of Lake El Salto. BW

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