By Lisa Voyles/Chickasaw Journal
HOULKA – Although Ronnie Tyler is an avid fisherman, breaking a record was not on his mind when he went out to Davis Lake March 24.
“I was actually brim fishing that day,” Tyler said. “I was using a ten-pound test line and a brim hook with a night crawler on an Ugly Stick rod and reel.”
Tyler got a bite and it was a lot more than he expected.
He hooked and landed a 14-pound, six-ounce, 26-inch largemouth bass.
“I was afraid if I reeled it in, it would break the line, so I just backed up one step at a time until I got it to the bank,” Tyler said.
Tyler dropped the rod, but luckily two boys fishing nearby came to his aid.
“One of them got there and grabbed the fish,” Tyler said. “I bet I sat on that bank for thirty minutes, just sitting there. It didn’t give me any fight at all, it was like it was ready to get out. I was glad it was ready to get out.”
Tyler has been fishing since he was four and has landed some trophies, but this one took the cake.
“My daddy started teaching me about fishing at an early age and I’ve been fishing for years, but I never got one this big before,” Tyler said.
Rick Dillard of the MDWPF confirmed the fish was the biggest largemouth bass taken out of Davis Lake, breaking the previous record of 13-pounds, 14-ounces. While researching records, he discovered two that hurt his feelings.
“That’s what makes me sick,” Tyler said. “Last year I got a shell cracker over five pounds and that’s a new state record and I got a brim almost five pounds and that’s a new state record. But I ate both of them.”
Tyler sent the bass to Bobby T. Griggs Taxidermy in Aberdeen to be mounted, but said he won’t waste any time getting back to the lake.
“I’m still looking for one bigger. There’s another one out there that’s bigger,” Tyler said.