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Braidwood Lake: How big a bass?

How big do you think this largemouth bass was?

I figured it was about 15 1/2 to 16 inches. And told Jeff Humenik to hang for a second before putting it in the live well. I wanted a picture.

The legal length for a keeper during the Fishing for a Cure tournament at Braidwood Lake on Saturday was 15 inches.

Well, I got my picture, and Jeff decided to check the largemouth on a bump board. And it came up just short. No amount of squeezing the tail or stretching could make it 15 inches.

I am just glad he bumped it, and we didn’t embarrass ourselves at the scales.

The sad part, for us, it was a good 2-pounder, and we couldn’t weigh it.