Kamran Malik caught his personal best largemouth bass (3.5 pounds, 18 inches) on July 1 at a Naperville/Aurora pond on a purple and pink Power Worm on a 4/0 offset hook.

I got the bait snagged under a rock and I was furiously whipping it up towards the air in an attempt to get it free,’’ the 14-year-old tweeted. “I guess that commotion attracted this largie because just as I got it free it took it with tremendous force and was hooked.’’

I was particularly impressed that he took time for a good sunset shot, too.


Provided/Kamran Malik

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