Lunker Lore: Jed Dickerson 21.6 lbs!
If you are familiar with the hunt for the world record laregmouth bass, then you'll be very familiar with Jed Dickerson. Jed was the first to hook a giant bass that would later become known as "Dottie" in Dixon Lake CA, in May of 2003. Dottie, so named for a distinctive marking, topped the scales at a whopping 21.68lbs at the time of Jed's catch. When she was caught a second time in 2006 by Mac Weakly, she weighed in at a world record shattering 25 lbs 1 ounce, but the catch was disqualified from the record books because she had been foul hooked. The chase for Dottie came to an end in 2008 when she was found floating dead. As from Dottie, Jed has landed scores of other giant bass easily securing him a place at the table as one of the best big fish sticks in the country. I was super excited to get the chance to chat with him about some of his big fish knowledge. Here's how he answered my big fish questions below:
1. How often do you fish?
I fish 4 to 5 days a week.
2. What percentage of your time on the water are you specifically targeting giant bass?
I basically only target big bass.
3. Do you believe a world record is currently swimming out there?
I don't believe there is currently a world record bass here in san diego. Maybe elsewhere.
4. What’s your favorite big bass bait?
Favorite bait is my own homemade jig. Followed by the mission fish.
5. What do you think is the biggest mistake most fishermen are making while chasing big bass?
Biggest mistake i see is fishing to shallow for big bass. Unless of course they are spawning.
6. What’s your favorite bass fishing book?
My Favorite book is Bill Murphy's, In Pursuit of Giant Bass
7. What purchase of 100 dollars or less has most positively impacted your catch rates in the past couple of years?
Best purchase was buying a huge net so i don't lose any monsters at the boat.
8. What’s something you believe about bass fishing that most folks disagree with?
Most people believe big bass are slow and lazy. This couldn't be farther from the truth. The biggest bass are the most dominant and aggressive.
9. What advice would you give someone trying to catch a double-digit bass?
Best advice is dedication and seeking info from people who are successful at it.
10. What’s your favorite time of day to target big bass?
Best time of day is the early morning.
11. What kind of structure do you favor for big bass fishing?
I favor rocks inside weed beds or rocks inside tullies.
12. How deep do you usually target them?
Spring and summer shallow and winter deeper. Might be different in other parts of the world though.
13. Bonus Question! How deep was Dottie when you hooked her?
About 15 feet.
Have you caught a giant bass over 12 lbs? We'd love to hear from you. Reach out to us at LunkerLore1@gmail.com.
Interested in more big bass wisdom? Check out the book Lunker Lore at amazon.com!