With the warmer than average weather today, I decided to take the kayak out one more time before putting it, and probably my fishing tackle as well, away for the season.
It was a slow afternoon - only a couple of fish hooked and lost - as I approached the train trestle bridge at sunset next to Route 20 in Wayland where I had put in.
The river is high and the current stronger than usual, so I wedged the kayak against the shore south of the trestle and started casting a wacky-rigged watermelon green Senko worm near the pilings. About five casts in I got a good bite and set the hook and knew right away it was a big one. I don't have a scale, but I measured this largemouth bass at 17 inches and estimate the girth at 15 inches, which would put it at about 3.5 pounds, my personal best so far.
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