The Town of Long Lake Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department recently received an account about a big bass caught in Raquette Lake. The editing team (of one) decided to let the readers of the online Long Lake, NY blog Mountain Times read all about it. Normally an Adirondack fish story is exchanged at a local watering hole around 3pm. Sometimes the tale is passed on to the local bait point person who gets to share the story while stocking the walls of a cavernous, rustic, tree-filled, pickle-barreled talking, creeky floored store. The salesperson, wearing a t-shirt and teva’s, will stand before a wall festoooned with brightly colored fishing lures and woo the customer with the latest jargon and top secret information about local fishing spots. This highly classified information will include in-depth descriptions about the deepest, darkest depths of the lakes and the coldest running water and the super-top-double-secret-probation fishing spots. (which may or may not be true) So this first hand truthful account, delivered via email to Long Lake, is much appreciated. Thanks to Michael Corazon for his first hand The Big Bass of Raquette – An Adirondack Fish Tale.
Article Submitted by Michael Corazon
After sleeping in the first 2 days of my trip to the Adirondacks trip in New York state, I decided to get myself out on Raquette Lake on August 4, 2012, and try my luck fishing. After trolling and casting lures from a boat for two hours I couldn’t find any hungry takers so I returned to the dock at the “Vigilante” camp at the Greylock Association and unloaded some gear. Before heading up to the car I took a look over the side of the dock and into the clear and shallow water and saw what I first thought to be a lake trout swimming out from under the dock. With my eyes bugging out of my head I then realized the huge fish that had me open jawed was actually a very good size largemouth bass. As I scrambled to get my rod rigged with a lure for that shallow water casting situation, I lost sight of the fish that had swam in the direction of the “Stuchiner” dock.
I then made several casts that way but came up empty. Now, not knowing where the bass actually was had me thinking I missed my chance so I again gathered up my gear and started to head off the dock. I then took another look in the water to my left and to my surprise the lunker bass was now swimming parallel to the shoreline and back in my direction where it then disappeared under the dock I was standing on.
In my mind the situation had now gone critical as I again scrambled for a lure that would compliment a presentation in 2 – 3 feet of water along side the docks edge. I went into my plastic bait box and choose a crayfish imitation jig for the job. I then dragged and popped the lure along the bottom all around the docks edge, but after many minutes of fishing there was no sign of the fish. In my prior haste to find and attach the lure I could not be certain that I hadn’t missed seeing the bass swim away from the dock. Without knowledge of whether or not the fish was even still there I was now about ready to call it quits. I then decided to fish one last time on the side of the dock from where the fish had originally swam out from. With the lure a few feet from where I would be finally calling my jigging operation quits for good, the “hawg” suddenly and magically appeared and had its mouth over the plastic jig. I then reared back on the 7 foot pole and had the biggun on.
The battle had now erupted as I tried to keep the bass close to the dock and out of harms way of running around the dock posts. I managed to keep the brute near the surface of the water where it jumped a few times as I prayed that the jig hook would not come out. With my net in the boat and out of reach, I was able to bend over the dock edge and hold the rod high while applying upward pressure to the fish while I tried for a mouth grab with my left hand. Lots of missed attempts later I finally had the mouth of the fish in my grasp as I lifted it from the water at the docks edge. The lunker largemouth was now mine.
This fish is not only my best ever bass catch from Raquette Lake, but also my lifetime personal best freshwater bass. Here is a picture of the catch where you can see Beecher Island in the backround.
Michael Corazon ( Greylock Association / Raquette Lake, NY )