Record-Setting Smallmouth Caught in Pre Fish

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Record-Setting Smallmouth Caught in Pre Fish

Postby WB Staff » Fri Jul 30, 2021 7:28 pm

Dobyns Rods Pro Staffer Troy Diede caught the fish of a lifetime on July 16th. While pre-fishing for an upcoming tournament, Troy landed a South Dakota state record smallmouth coming in at seven pounds and 4.7 ounces using his Dobyns Rods Sierra Series SA 701SF.

After being verified by a GFP fisheries biologist, the record-setting fish was released back to it's home fishery of Lake Oahe.

Congratulations Troy!

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Troy Diede thought he'd caught the biggest smallmouth bass of his fishing career the day before he actually did.

He was pre-fishing on Lake Oahe on July 15 for the South Dakota Bass Federation tournament, and within 20 minutes the 36-year-old Sioux Falls resident had caught a 6.39 pound bass — Diede's personal best for the freshwater fish.

"That could be the biggest smallmouth you'll catch in your entire life," Diede recalls his fishing buddies saying that afternoon.

He spent the evening punching in coordinates for the his tournament fishing spots, and the next day, July 16, Diede was only 10 casts in before he caught the largest smallmouth bass in South Dakota history.

The fish weighed seven pounds and 4.7 ounces with a length of 20.75 inches, according to South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks. The previous record was set in April 2016 by Lyal Held on Horseshoe Lake in northeast South Dakota with a fish that weighed seven pounds and three ounces.

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Re: Record-Setting Smallmouth Caught in Pre Fish

Postby ZenBuBuWar » Tue Aug 03, 2021 7:17 am

Holy Schnitzola!!! I have landed two smallies in Middle Tennessee rivers at slightly over 20" and one at 21". The 21" fish marked between 3.5 and 3.75 on my 15lb Boga Grip. Insane that this fish was nearly double the weight!
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Re: Record-Setting Smallmouth Caught in Pre Fish

Postby WRB » Tue Aug 03, 2021 10:55 am

What is amazing catching a 7.3 lb Smally using SA701 rod, very skilled angler!

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