After one year of careful planning and a commitment to his goal, Blake LaFleur finally caught THE fish he was targeting. The magic occurred the day before Valentine’s Day. He caught what will likely be the new IGFA line-class world record white bass on Devils Lake.
Located in north-central North Dakota, Devils Lake is known for huge white bass and great walleye, perch and pike fishing. However, to finally land the 4-plus pound monster on two-pound test line and meet all the requirements of the International Game Fish Association, LaFleur studied the rules (15 pages of specific requirements), contacted the organization via phone and email and assembled the appropriate tackle.
Actually his quest began about six years ago when he caught a few white bass while chasing the lake’s famed jumbo perch. “Not many people catch bass under the ice, and after battling a few on light tackle, I became intrigued. So did a few friends like Clayton and Kurt Davis from Belcourt, ND. Together, we hunt to find them, and the tactics have evolved to the point where only the biggest bass are targeted.”
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