Meridian Star

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March 15, 2013

Grace Catches Lunker Bass

MERIDIAN —    Steve Grace recently had the two momentous events occur in his life in the same week. If you know him then it wouldn’t be a stretch to believe he’d been fishing again, or that he’d caught a nice bass. But, this time he actually caught the bass of a lifetime.

    Grace and partner Jeff Collum made a short trip to try the bass on a beautiful day. And he didn’t waste any time either.

    “We pulled up on a flat right off of a main point and tried to locate a bass,” Grace said. “We knew it was early but we figured we might catch some near there.

    Grace spotted a patch of dead grass near the point and started working the area over. “I was using a Carolina rig with a Junebug colored Zoom Trick worm and searching for a bite,” said Grace. And it didn’t take long for the talented angler to entice a sow bass into striking.

    Grace worked his Carolina rigged worm along the bottom and felt the tell-tale thump of a bass about 15 feet off the point in three to four feet of water. Grace immediately reared back and drove the steel deep into the jaws of a sow bass. The enraged bass exploded from the depths and took off like a torpedo and Grace held on for the ride as she bore down and wallowed violently from side to side, trying to shake the stinging hook from her jaw.

    “We didn’t have a net but I finally wore her down enough so that Jeff could lip her,” said Grace. As it turned out the monster tipped the scales right at 12 pounds. “I’ve been fishing 41 years and it took me that long to catch one this big,” he continued. “I caught it at high noon and it’s the biggest bass of my career!”

    “We got on a pattern fishing in front of alligator grass along the last point near a spawning flat and that was the ticket,” Grace said. “We ended up catching around 50 bass on the day, but my first strike was the big one,” said Grace!

    Grace’s monster bass turned out to be the fish of a lifetime, but his week wasn’t over yet. A few days later Grace experienced another life changing moment that was even bigger. Grace and his wife, Shawnda, welcomed their first child, Anna Claire Grace, three weeks early. “It’s been a great week, just a wonderful week, ” said the proud dad. And a lifetime memory they’ll never forget.

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