Kansas angler Jason Heis catches record size smallie!
Kansas Triton owner Jason Heis has to wait 30 days for his record to be official. But having had his 6.69 lb fish weighed and verified by a state fisheries biologist in addition to having had it weighed with witnesses at his marina’s certified scale, he’s confident.
According to Jason, the hardest part of his wait came immediately after he caught the fish midday in a BASS Federation affiliated local club tournament on Milford Lake Reservoir. He explained, “I put the fish in my livewell and continued fishing the tournament until 3 pm with the anticipation of maybe having a state record fish just killing me.”
Jason was fishing out of his Tr-21 with a 200 hp Mercury EFI near the dam when he hooked into the record fish. He was using a 6.5' Shimano medium Action Compre Rod, and Shimano Stradic Reel spooled with 10 lb Berkley Big Game Low Vis Green line. He described the scene, “The lure I was throwing was a WolfTackle.com Trick Stick in Watermelon Red fleck color on a Gamakatzku 3/0 Wide gap offset hook. I was sitting in about 25' of water and throwing up into about 5' of water. I let the worm fall weightless until it reached bottom and then twitched it into deeper water and let it fall again, repeating the process until it was back to the boat. This fish hit it in 5' of water. ”
Jason gives due credit to his Triton, “I have had a tremendous increase in my success as a Federation Angler since purchasing my Triton Boat. I have owned my TR-21 for just about a year now, and have won big bass in 5 Federation affiliated tournaments since then. I attribute a huge portion of my success to Triton Boats. The storage in this boat is unbelievable. I carry huge amounts of tackle and it all fits and is easy to get to. The ride is smooth and dry and the boat handles the big water here in Kansas unbelievably well. The lakes in our state get extremely rough due to the constant high winds we experience. There are many days where you are fishing in 30+ mph winds and the lakes are very wide open without a lot of protection. I feel safe and dry in my Triton. The quality of this boat is very evident. Compartments are leak free and everything fits well and stays together well. The great thing is I always get lots of compliments, too on how great a looking boat I have. (It never hurts to have something that looks nice, too.) And the best part is the fishability.”
The prior Kansas smallmouth record is 6.37 lbs and has stood since 1997 from same lake.