Of big bass and a classic lure worth climbing trees to retrieve

Ron Urick caught a big prespawn largemouth bass; what made it special was the 35-year-old classic lure he caught it on.

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Ron Urick holds the big prespawn largemouth bass he caught with a classic lure. Provided photo

Ron Urick holds the big prespawn largemouth bass he caught with a classic lure.

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Ron Urick caught a big prespawn largemouth bass—19.75 inches, pushing 5 pounds—Wednesday on a Lake County lake he dubbed “Walden Pone One.” The retired teacher (and decorated author of “Teaching with Heart”) is adept at catching big bass. This one was special because it came on a classic 35-year-old lure, a Mann’s Baby 1-Minus.

“It’s gonna be a sad day when I lose this Minus One!!,” he texted. “At least 1,000 bass were caught on it, largemouth and smallmouth!! I’ve climbed trees to retrieve it.”

Ron Urick’s classic Mann’s Baby 1-Minus lure. Provided photo

Ron Urick’s classic Mann’s Baby 1-Minus lure.

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