Biggest bass of the year bagged at Miramar

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Local big bass angler Joe Ahrens of Santee bagged the biggest bass reported in San Diego this year, a giant 14.8 pound behemoth from tiny, yet legendary big bass factory, Miramar Lake.

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  • Ahrens caught the bass on Monday, February 27th, on a rare cool and rainy day in San Diego County – the kind of day that typically presents opportunities for big bass that otherwise don’t exist on a sun-drenched day in Southern California.

    “I had a good idea where fish were after fishing Saturday and Sunday, so I left work early knowing that the rain might treat me well,” Ahrens said.

    With 20 mph winds, stained water and rain breaking up the surface, cloaking his presence, he nestled his Ranger bass boat up against the tules, and attacked the area he had previously spotted fish with a swimbait (specific bait not disclosed).

    The bass measured approximately 28″ in length on the Working Class Zero Big Bass Board, weighed 14.8 pounds on the lake’s official scale on the dock, and was released alive and well.

    Miramar is one of the world’s premier trophy bass lakes, year in and year out it kicks out several teen caliber fish, including several catches over 16 pounds in recent years. It has produced 5 of the top 25 biggest bass caught in the entire world, including a 20.938 pounder in 1973 which is on record as the 8th largest bass of all time.

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