I finally got a chance to go fishing for the first time in a month and it was awesome! My brother in law and I hit a couple small ponds near his house. The first hour and a half was slow for me, with only a 2 pounder boated while my bro in law was slaying the crappies and had caught about 7 or so. We decided to walk down to the other pond and fish off the bank for a bit, and I'm glad we did! I caught 3 more bass, the last of which was this sweetheart shown here. I caught her on a topwater lure as dusk approached. She inhaled it about 40 feet from the bank and put up an epic struggle as I held my breath! I didn't have my scales with me and we could only estimate her at close to 8 pounds! Keep in mind I am 5'10" and 205 pounds myself, so she was a really nice bass! I released her and I hope to get another shot at her- next time I will have my scales in my pocket!