If you were ever to tell us to name one guy who knows how to catch big fish more than anyone else, Terry Lord of Mitchell, Georgia, would be our guy hands-down.
Mr. Lord is a bit of a fishing celebrity in our part of the State.
He’s known for catching over 300 BIG fish (about 8 pounds and over) in his lifetime. (And he’s only about the young age of 70!)
“Most people probably would be bored outta’ their mind fishin’ with me,” says Terry. “When I fish, I don’t fish on the banks tryin’ to catch as many fish as I possibly can. I fish for the few big ones hangin’ out in the water.”
“I only fish deep water. That’s where all the big fish are, waiting for dinner to swim by.”
The large fish with the most experience learn that it’s safest to grab the smaller fish swimming near the shore and then tear it out back towards the deep end.
That’s why you sometimes might catch a once-in-a-lifetime fish by fishing off the bank.
As Terry wisely says, “They don’t get that big bein’ dumb.”
And Terry proved his fishing wisdom with his most recent catch.
A while ago, Terry Lord was with his 18-year-old nephew, Nathan Todd, in Hunting and Fishing Country of Sandersville looking at all the gear, when Gimmie’s “Sista’ Shad” spinner bait caught Nathan’s eye.
Terry says, “ When I looked at it, it didn’t look like it’d do much. It was a pretty lure, no question, which is what drew my nephew to it in the first place; but after years of fishing, I’ve learned that most of the time pretty doesn’t mean anything when it comes to catchin’ a big fish.”
“But, my nephew wanted it real bad, so I decided I’d get it for him.”
And so, Terry and Nathan went fishing together soon after, even though Terry really didn’t want to that day. (We’re starting to notice a bit of a soft spot for the nephew.)
Nathan’s fishing line broke twice that day (one of the many reasons that Terry says you absolutely need good equipment if you want to catch a keeper).
And he was about to put on his new “Sista’ Shad”, but Terry took it from Nathan and put it on his own line.
“I paid $10 for that lure, dang it, and I wasn’t about to let my nephew lose that one, too.”
So, Terry cast it about 5 or 6 times, and just when he was about to give up on the lure:
All of a sudden, Terry got hooked on a sure enough hog.
Terry describes, “ When she first hit it, I thought it wasn’t that big.”
Then Nathan yelled, “Get me the net! Get me the net!”
And when Terry realized he couldn’t get the net, he knew what a sea monster he had on his line.
Terry told us, “ It was a struggle just tryin’ not to let her jump. The last thing you want is for them to jump because that gives them all the opportunity in the world to get off of your line.”
Finally, Terry and Nathan were able to get her into the boat, and when they weighed her the first time, Nathan looked up at his uncle in amazement and said that the bass was over 13 pounds.
Terry thought that weight couldn’t possibly be right, so he told his nephew to turn the scale back off and on and weigh her again.
And after the second time, Nathan looked up at his uncle and proclaimed, “It’s 14 lbs. 2 oz., and I’m stickin’ to it!”
And so, at 14 lbs. 2 oz., Terry Lord ended up catching the biggest fish he ever has in his entire life (this coming from a man whose previous record was a 12 lb. bass), and created an incredible lifetime memory that will forever be engraved on the hearts of both himself and his nephew.
We’re so proud of Mr. Terry for his newest fishing accomplishment, and we’re so glad that we got to play even a small part of this awesome memory through our “Sista’ Shad” spinner bait (that may or may not be too pretty for its own good).
And to all of you out there reading this who’ve been searching for that once-in-a-lifetime sea monster, you might want to try taking a lesson from Terry Lord:
Never be afraid of braving the deep.