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The 16 Biggest Fish of the 2008 BASS Season by Kirk Deeter Number 16: Rick Clunn, a Bassmaster legend from Avo, Missouri, caught this 7-pound 2-ounce largemouth (right) on day two of the Bluegrass Brawl in Gilbertsville, Kentucky, where he wound up finishing ninth. BASS Communications
Number 15: Ray Sedgwick (Cross, South Carolina), caught the 15th largest fish of the BASS season at the Citrus Slam. He hooked this 7-pound, 7-ounce largemouth by swimming a Zoom Ultra Vibe Speed Worm. BASS Communications
Number 14: Dave Wolak of Wake Forest, North Carolina, brought the crowd to its feet at the Southern Challenge at Wheeler Lake in Alabama when he weighed this 7-pound, 10-ounce bass. It was number 14 for the year. BASS Communications
Number 13: Todd Faircloth (Jasper, Texas) caught several large fish at the Southern Challenge, including one largemouth that weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces – the 13th largest of the season. BASS Communications
Number 12: Grant Goldbeck of Gaithersburg, Maryland, caught an 8-pound, 7-ouncer at the Carolina Clash in May on Lake Murray in Columbia, South Carolina. A finesse fishing artist, Goldbeck used a Jackall Slick Shake on a Jackall Wacky Jig to get it done. BASS Communications
Number 11: Todd Faircloth caught this 8-pound, 13-ouncer to help him win the “Battle on the Border” at Lake Amistad, Texas, in April. Faircloth attributed much of his early season, big fish magic to a Sebile 6-1/2-inch Magic Swimmer hardbait. He would go on to claim runner-up in the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year chase. BASS Communications
Number 10-9-8. Three Florida fish went 10,9,8. At 10 was Jared Linter’s 8-pound 13-ounce bass from the Citrus Slam; at 9 was a 9-pound 8-ounce fish caught by Jim Murray at the Sunshine Showdown. And at number 8 was this slab caught by Kenyon Hill (Norman, Oklahoma). Hill caught this 10-pound 3-ounce bass at the Citrus Slam in the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes – sightfishing – using a watermelon tube with a 12/0 hook and a 3/4-ounce Tru-Tungsten sinker. BASS Communications
Number 7: Casey Ashley of Donalds, South Carolina, caught the seventh largest bass of the season at the Lone Star Shootout on Falcon Lake (Zapata, Texas), with, appropriately, a 10-inch Power Worm on a Texas Rig. BASS Communications
Number 6: Terry Scroggins of San Mateo, Florida, caught a 10-pounds 6-ounce specimen as part of this amazing stringer at the Lone Star Shootout. His secret: working offshore ledges at depths ranging between 20 and 35 feet, then keying on rocks and submerged trees with a 10-inch Yum Ribbontail worm. BASS Communications
Number 5: Bill Lowen of North Bend, Ohio, is responsible for the only Florida fish in the top five¿a 10-pound, 6-ouncer he caught at the Sunshine Showdown on the Harris Chain of Lakes near Leesburg, Florida. Lowen used a white Davis Swim Jig, and worked it just under the surface, near the edge of lily pads in 4 feet of water. BASS Communications
Number 4: Randy Howell of Springville, Alabama landed this 10-pound, 8-ounce bass at the Battle on the Border using a Lucky Craft Pointer 100 Jerk Bait. BASS Communications
Number 3-2: Mark Davis (Mount Ida, Arkansas) landed this 11-pounder at the Lone Star Shootout on a Strike King Stir Stick to claim third spot. Greg Hackney (Gonzales, Louisiana) caught the second largest of the year, weighing 11 pounds 11 ounces, at Lake Amistad (not shown). BASS Communications
Number 1: Scott Campbell of Springfield, Maryland, caught the biggest fish on the BASS tour this year, a 13-pound, 2-ounce largemouth on the first day of the Lone Star Shootout. He worked a Texas-rigged blue fleck Berkley Power Worm on the submerged foundation of an old house in about 25 feet of water. BASS Communications
Among the other highlights of the year…Paul Elias set a new four-day tournament weight record with an astounding total of 132 pounds, 8 ounces at the Lone Star Shootout. BASS Communications
Kotaro Kiriyama, originally from Japan, now residing in Moody, Alabama, reeled in the largest smallmouth bass of the BASS tour this season — this 5-pound, 15-ouncer at the Empire Chase in Buffalo, New York. BASS Communications
Kevin Van Dam of Kalamazoo, Michigan, took home the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year once again in 2008 (his fourth) with consistent bags throughout the tournament season. Interestingly, his largest fish of the year was a 6-pound 7-ounce largemouth, caught on a Strike King Sexy Spoon on June, 12 at the Bluegrass Brawl in Kentucky. This fish ranked only 23rd among the Purolator Big Bass standings for the season, and goes to prove that KVD wins with a methodical, limit-chasing approach, and not just by hauling in the big ones. BASS Communications