It was about two year's ago, right around Thanksgiving. I was lucky enough to fish a fall run of Bass in the low to high 20 lb. class. It was one of those days
that just seemed to be perfect, there is nothing like seeing a school of Bass feeding on the surface. It never gets old. My plug of choice that day was a YO-ZURI Surface Cruiser. You know the one, it comes equipped with 5/0 VMC hooks.
It was a great bite. I'm really don't recall if it was the second or third fish I caught that day. But this particular fish knew I was not paying attention,and it was if that fish new Martial arts. I usually keep a taught line when I'm reaching down to grab my fish. But this day I did not. The Bass was hooked with the bottom hook,and as I reached to grab her, in less than a split second that fish unleashed a move that would of made Bruse Lee proud.That plug whipped around hitting me dead in the palm of my hand by my thumb with that 5/0 belly hook.
Now I have a 20 pound-er trashing around with my hand attached to her. It took a few seconds to focus, that seemed like minutes. But when I did, I grabbed that plug with the hooked hand and was able to unhook the fish. After making a futile attempt to cut the hook,I was able to crush the barb and remove the hook.
So know I'm standing there bleeding like a stuck pig watching the blitz still going on. So I moved into the surf to wash my hand out. All the time focused on the fish crashing the surface. I try-ed applying pressure to stop the bleeding.With Bass exploding on the surface right in front of me, I could not take it any more.
So I let that plug fly once again, and it didn't take long before I was back in the game with another fish on. Once again I was one with the fish and nothing else mattered.
I guess the moral to this story is stay focused, and above all keep............................