Originally created 08/31/97

Young anglers struck by beginners' luck



Beginners have all the luck, especially if they're kids and especially when it comes to bass fishing.

It doesn't matter if Dad's in the boat. Just ask Bobby Wayne Gaston of Evans.

He and his 10-year-old son, Sam, were in a boat casting for bass in a private Columbia County pond.

Sam was fishing a chartreuse-and-white plastic floating worm when an 11-pound, 5-ounce largemouth engulfed it. Of course, he landed it and, of course, it was bigger than anything his proud father had ever caught.

  • Stephen Reasoner IV, 12, a seventh grader at Harlem Middle School, was camped out on the Savannah River. He was fishing with an uncle, Greg Powell, in the Deep Step section below Fury's Ferry Bridge, casting a Devilhorse on a bait-casting outfit owned by his grandfather, Bobby Powell.
  • A monster bass tried to eat it. The fish weighed 12 pounds on a nearby country store's uncertified scales and 91/2 pounds on certified scales in Harlem two days after the catch.

    It had already spawned and best estimate by taxidermist Bill DeVore indicated the bass probably weighed more than 10 pounds.