Mike Long: Big Bass Snagger Exposed on Video

Editor’s Note: This video accompanies a nine-page article detailing how Mike Long lied, cheated, bribed and bullied his way to the top of the trophy bass world. It’s a riveting expose that you must read. Check out: The Dark Secret of “America’s Big Bass Guru”.

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  • Mike Long claims to have caught hundreds of bass over 10 pounds, 75 over 15, and one over 20, the ninth largest bass ever caught!

    He has been heralded as one of the pioneers of big bait (swimbait) fishing, attributing most of the aforementioned catches to big rainbow trout-imitating baits. His big bass photos have been circulated all over the world, across the covers of over 40 magazines — even gracing billboards along the highways of America’s heartland.

    He owns several lake records in Southern California. You can buy baits and high-end fishing rods with his name on them. The entire swimbait industry wouldn’t be what it is today without him.

    But he has a dark secret, that until now has never been exposed: he is a snagger.

    He uses a large treble hook on a drop shot rig, seeks out big female bass that are in their spawning cycle in the clear-water reservoirs of San Diego County and sets the hook into their side as they swim between him and his snagging rig.

    This video catches Long red-handed, deliberately attempting to snag bass over the course of two Springs in San Diego.

    But snagging bass is just one of the dirty tricks he’s used to fool everyone into thinking he’s one of the best big bass anglers that ever lived. For a detailed, exclusive history of Long’s deceitful, fraudulent career, make sure to check out “The dark secret of America’s big bass guru.

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    Barkley Davies
    Barkley Davies

    It’s been known for years around San Diego this dude is a complete fraud and tournament cheater, finally the rest of America knows… It was infuriating to see him get so much recognition nationally while everyone here knew what type of POS he is. He played a huge part in… Read more »

    Bassmagnum
    Bassmagnum

    52 seconds in is no mistaken snag rig. A few minutes in it’s visible outside the fish’s mouth but at 12 minutes in that same rig is clearly visible in the side of a fish. What is worse is the absolutely attrocius handling of the fish

    Richard Warren
    Richard Warren

    This is just awful to see. Mr Long should be ashamed and any CA lake records removed and replaced by the rightful honest anglers. Only one way to make him pay, state of CA needs to revoke his fishing privileges with a Lifetime ban. This is the only way to… Read more »

    Brian Pentecost
    Brian Pentecost

    Watching this was painful.

    Tommy Brown
    Tommy Brown

    Haha. Love the music. “Ain’t it a shame.” This video made me sick to my stomach. If this would have happened in Tennessee he would probably be floating nicely down the Mississippi toward the gulf. Not willingly and not in a boat. Lol. What he needs is a good ass… Read more »

    Brandon Ogden
    Brandon Ogden

    Kellen, you should show your footage to a DFW warden.

    Antonio Villasenor
    Antonio Villasenor

    Wow kellen amazing work, I wonder how many fish he has killed over all these years just from this clip at lake poway which is a small lake, and seeing how he hid every fish for his photo ops and treated them I’m sure many.

    Sebastian Greene
    Sebastian Greene

    As a kid growing up in SoCal and being absolutely obsessed with trophy bass fishing Mike Long was someone i looked up to. I met him several times while fishing lake Cuyamaca and have seen his snagging first hand. His lake records should be disqualified in my opinion. Biggest poser… Read more »

    Rob
    Rob

    This guy just looks he is joylessly performing a chore… and doing a poor job of it. This is not sport. Who taught this pear shaped loser how to net a fish? He reels the poor suffering beasty to within half a meter of the tip of a two meter… Read more »

    Fishallday99
    Fishallday99

    It’s about time he gets shut down.