In 20 years of fishing the Upper Brazos River in Texas, Shane Davies of River Run Guide Service (214-418-9786) has earned a reputation for using unusual baits to catch big bass. But he topped himself on a recent outing, landing a 10-lb. largemouth with, of all things, a rattlesnake. Here’s the story—with the pictures to prove it—of how Davies pulled off his unusual catch. “I was fishing alone, scouting for some upcoming trips, just getting a feel for the bite,” Davies says, “when I noticed a rattlesnake swimming across the river.” While poisonous snakes are common in the area, they’re a rare sighting in the river itself, Davies says.
He continued to fish but kept an eye on the snake, which changed direction when it spotted his kayak and swam toward him. “I thought, ‘Good gosh, that thing looks great in the water,” Davies recalls. “‘If I could find a bait that mimicked that action I know I’d get some bites.".... Read the rest at Field And Stream