Evans, a longtime bass angler, moved to Washington four years ago but had not fished for bass there prior to this summer. Moreover, the day he caught the trophy was the first time he had fished Lake Bosworth, according to the Washington Department of Fish & Game. He was casting a Strike King Shim-E-Stick under a dock when he felt the bass hit. He set the hook and "the bottom started moving," he told Strike King. He followed the hog with his trolling motor into deeper waters and played the fish for a long time until it finally wore out. Evans then called his wife, and they took the fish to a local Safeway and weighed it on a meat scale.