Heath said it has been there since 2003. The last Z Too left in the package that was paired with a keel weighted Gamakatsu G-Lock hook. Heath explained that something told him he should bring it on day two, so he placed it on his truck’s dash so he wouldn’t forget it in the morning.
The following day the bait went into his jacket pocket, again so he wouldn’t forget it. “I have a problem forgetting sometimes,” laughs Heath. At the lake, Aaron Heath met his Pro Draw, David Baca. Together they launched Baca’s Champion bass boat, and while waiting for their number to be called; Heath reached into his pocket and felt his bait. “That lonely little bait was begging me to tie it on my rod; I pulled it out and promptly tied it on.”
During their run, Heath was thinking about other lures, his spinnerbait, chatterbait, and buzzbait and visualizing his casts followed by big largemouth smashing his offerings. Visualization is an excellent practice, many benefits come from this technique, one of which is remaining focused on your goals in the face of what else is taking place.
Heath started his day by slow rolling spinnerbaits. Baca handed him a small light wire model, he then caught a 12” largemouth bass. Sticking with it for another hour without results he decided it was time for a change. Switching set-ups Heath started to reach for his buzzbait when he noticed the Z Too. “The lonely little fluke was begging me to throw it.”
“I decided it was time; when there is a buzzbait bite taking place, you can usually catch fish on a fluke as well.” Fishing in 3 to 5 feet of water with about 12 inches of visibility Heath started catching bass, two of them keepers. Late in the morning, the two anglers were moving down a bank. Baca was casting his spinnerbait in shallow water when Heath decided to place the Z Too out in deeper water.
Turning to the port side of the boat the cast was made. Heath would twitch, twitch, and then let the fluke flutter down to repeat the sequence again. After the second flutter, Heath picked up the slack, and that's when he felt a heart-stopping tug. “When I reeled down and set the hook I knew it was a quality fish, my heart raced!”
As Heath battled the fish he tells of his single focus, “don’t lose this fish, fight it right. She was hanging deep and pulling hard. I was grateful she wasn’t a jumper, but as soon a she got close to the boat the big fish wrapped herself on a small bush.” The bass had turned sideways and flashed, that’s when Heath got a good look at her.
“It’s a GIANT,” screamed Heath. Baca was right there ready with the net. “The moment seemed to last forever. Just as I thought to myself she’s going to get off, the line freed from the bush, and up she came." Heath worked his fish to the net and Baca scoped her up. Success and the celebrating commenced. Heath said, “I hugged David and started praising God for this amazing gift.”
Heath explained that he has caught some big fish in his life, many over 6 lbs. Yet this fish is by far the highlight of his competitive fishing career. As they approached the scales, Heath was uncertain of how big his catch was. “Thinking maybe 5 pounds tops, when the scale marked 5.75 lbs. I was elated!”
And continued to say “David Baca is one of the most in-tune fishermen I have had the privilege to fish with. He deserves a lot of the credit on this fish as well. Ultimately, I thank God for this amazing day on the water. Everything came together in perfect order. It was a day I’ll never forget.”
Aaron Heath’s 5.75-pound largemouth was the most massive bass of the tournament, both Pro and AAA divisions. Heath’s efforts earned Big Bass Honors, and an impressive 8th place finish among 208 AAA anglers.
This bass is a real tournament prize, bass this size at Lake Mead is rare. Congratulations Aaron Heath on an excellent tournament thanks for sharing your fantastic story. Listening to your instincts, doing something different, positive thoughts, and big catches when it matters the most, Aaron Heath is absolutely in The Big Bass Zone!
Heath, 38 grew up in Southern California fishing both fresh and saltwater. He started fishing with his Grandfather Chuck when he was 5 years old. Around 13 years of age he fell in love with bass fishing. A previous ABA Colorado River tournament director Heath has been fishing tournaments since 2003. He now lives in Las Vegas with his wife and credits Jesus Christ for direction and purpose in his life.
Heath would like to acknowledge his sponsor Sportsman’s Warehouse for their much-appreciated support. http://www.sportsmanswarehouse.com/
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