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Meyer’s Monster

Submitted by Full Limit Outdoor Media

What began as a fun fishing day with a buddy got serious really quick…………….

When Cody Meyer and close friend JR Wright set out for Bullards Bar, a deep, clear reservoir in northern California, on Friday the 16th of December. The trip was somewhat on a whim with the goal of having a good time and catching a few of the magnum spotted bass for which the fishery is known. It was a trip much like many others Cody has made in the past. Until, he got one bite.


“JR and I had caught three really big spots that day (6.66, 8.35 and 7.74 lbs.). Then I marked one single big fish on my electronics. It was suspended about 20’ down over 100 feet of water. I cast my Ocho to it, let it sink, and then my line jumped” Cody said recollecting the “the bite”. “It was immediately obvious that it was another big one, but it wasn’t until that I saw her that I actually realized how big she was” Meyer recounts.

That “big one” turned out to be a behemoth spot that weighed 10.80 pounds. It is potentially the world record and is most certainly the world record for 6 lb. line class. They followed that up, if that’s possible, with another 8.27 pounder that pushed their total for their best five to over 40 pounds (41.83 to be exact). While that total is a monumental feat, the crown jewel of the day is the 10.80 giant that is contending as the world record spotted bass.


“We caught four of the five on a wacky-rigged Strike King 5” Ocho in the KVD Magic color. The fifth fish came on a 3.75” Strike King Rage Swimmer rigged on a ½ oz. Squadron Head Jig. For the Ocho, I was using Daiwa spinning gear, with a main line of 15 lb. Seaguar Smackdown braid and a 6 lb. Seaguar Tatsu leader. I rigged the Ocho on a size 1 Owner Mosquito Hook. That setup is my go-to when fishing for those big spots” says Meyer.

“I fish that setup painstakingly slow. It’s so slow that it’s hard for most people to do. I cast the Ocho out and let it sink on slack line, that’s really important. I’ll let it fall for about 10 seconds then I’ll shake it. Then I let fall for another 10 and repeat. All in all, each cast takes up to a minute to a minute and a half. It’s brutal, but it’s effective!” Cody explains.


“The thing about the Ocho that makes it special is its shape. Those flat sides and corners really make the action different than the hundreds of similar styled baits on the market. It makes a huge difference on fish like these, and everywhere else, that live in clear water and get a lot of pressure. I’m certain that they bite an Ocho better than anything else” Cody concludes.


The Strike King Ocho is available in 4 sizes (4”, 5”, 6” and 7”) and many specialized colors. The rage Swimmer comes in 2 sizes (3.75” and 4.75”) and 10 specific colors. Both are available at better sporting goods retailers everywhere.

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