So it goes like this, true story nothing made up.
I was on my family vacation up in the U.P of MI. We were staying at autrain river basin and going on are 5th day there. During the week, I managed to get a dozen pike under 21 inches and one over 42 inches that got released at the side of the boat
I was told there were alot of pig smallies in there but I was skeptakil because I didnt catch any so far. I was told about a dam up on the north side of the lake so I thought I would try it. I dragged my mom and my brother along with me. When we got there it looked perfect, Deep water, and there were rocks everywhere. I first tied on a jig and grub combo, I dropped it down and first cast I hooked into a nice smallie, got it to the edge and then it jumped, My line went slack. I was a little upset, but not too bad because it was only a 2.5 lber. Time went on and I got 2 more. The action was starting to slow but I wanted to try a tube jig before I left, even though I had no confidence in it. I casted a number of times with it and had no success, I was going to give it a couple more tries and descided to cast under a over hang on the dam. I let it sink maybe 10 ft. and then I reeled in the slack, My line went tight, and I set the hook on something that felt like a solid rock, But then it jerked back, My heartbeat raced like no other. It was a fight I have never experienced before, the headshakes were insane. 3 minutes into the fight I got a glimpse of the fish, my heart almost stopped. The size of the smallie on my line was so unbeilievable I thought it had to be a carp. I got it closer and closer and I could now see I had a smallmouth of record breaking porportions. I was yelling at the top of my lungs for my mom and my brother to give me room to fight the fish,even though they were well out of the way because they new I had a big one on. When I finally got it to where I could grab it, I knew I had the new state record within my grasp. I grabbed my line and when I went to lip it, It gave a massive headshake. My line then broke and the fish swam into the depths. I didnt know how to feel at that point. I wanted to cry but at the same time felt satisfied. I know it was probably my own fault I lost it, I got too excited and probably rushed the fight too much. I was pissed at myself for being an idiot and forgeting a net and also trying to land it how I would a 3lber. If I had to guess a weight of it I would guess it would have been well over 9lbs. Just cant get over the size of it. Anyways I am going remember this for the rest of my life and probably going to have alot of skeptical people tell me that there is no way I could have hooked into a state record or maybe world record size smallmouth bass for all I know.