A big bass on a little reel

by | July 13, 2018 5:00 am

Last Updated: July 10, 2018 at 2:43 pm

David Blocker of Cottageville has been fishing on the Edisto River his whole life. But in January, he landed the biggest fish he’s ever caught there.
It was just after the really cold spell and there was still ice on the water, he said. But “it wasn’t deer season and there wasn’t anything else going on,” he said, so he decided to go fishing for crappie.
“Crappie in January are at least 5-6-feet deep,” Blocker said, so he was letting his bait sink “down real deep.” He hooked something, but couldn’t get it to come to the surface. “I had to mash the button and let the line go out several times because he was diving and about to break the line,” he said. Because he was after crappie, he was only using six-pound test line with a micro-light reel. And whatever he hooked was big.
When he finally managed to get the fish to the boat, he found he had an eight-pound bass. “I’m 66 years old and I’ve been living on the Edisto and fishing the Edisto all my life, and that’s the biggest one I ever caught,” he said. Fish that big are pretty common in the lakes up around Columbia, but not in the Edisto River, he added.
January is also not the season for bass fishing — usually that’s a summer event. Blocker speculates that’s why the fish was so hard to land. He thinks the bass was down deep because the water is warmer there in the winter months.
This time of year, Blocker is busy watching his grandson, Jace, and his father, Jason, compete in bass tournaments. In fact, he watched as the pair won at a tournament Blocker organized for Maple Cane Baptist Church at his river camp this past weekend. It’s great fun, he said. Almost as much fun as landing an eight-pound bass on a crappie rig.

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