Teenager Catches Massive Idaho Smallmouth

Quinten Kelly hoisting up his Idaho Smallmouth after a quick weight and measurement were taken.

You can call it luck, you can call it fake, just don't call it dead. That's what Idaho angler Quinten Kelly would want everyone to know about his massive Idaho Smallmouth caught on April 4, 2016.

At just 18 years of age, Quinten Kelly of Lewiston, Idaho, caught and released a 9.5-pound smallmouth bass from Dworshak Reservoir. It measured 24 1/2 inches long and had a 20-inch girth. Kelly's catch was ounces shy of the current Idaho record, which currently stands at 9.72 pounds caught by Dan Steigers, also at Dworshak Reservoir.

The massive Idaho smallmouth was caught on a Rapala Jointed Shad Rap in a crawdad color pattern. Kelly was throwing the the shad rap on a Abu Garcia Veritas rod, paired up with Lew's baitcasting reel, with 8-pound test line.

"I was fishing with my dad all over Dworshak that day, and we were catching a lot of decent fish, but nothing big. So I decided to do some shed hunting while my dad kept fishing. I hadn't found any sheds for a while, so I had my dad come pick me up and we started fishing around Dent Bridge," said Kelly.

Kelly noticed that there was some incoming runoff-water around a creek, so he threw his Shad Rap directly into it, making sure it was deflecting off the rocks along the bottom. "I wanted to make sure my lure was hitting the bottom, just like a crawdad would."

"When the fish hit, it felt more like a log than anything, not pulling too hard. Then it made a hard run and fought like a big fish would. When I got the fish to the boat, my dad just grabbed the fish by its mouth, hooks and all!"

Knowing they had something special, the scales came out and read 10 pounds even. Kelly couldn't believe his eyes. But his scale wasn't certified.

After weighing they placed the fish in a YETI cooler with an aerator attached and rushed to the closest town to weigh it on a certified scale.

"The certified scale said 9.5 pounds, but I weighed the fish on another local anglers scale, which also read 10," mentioned Kelly.

After taking dozens of great photos and measurements, he plans to have a replica mount made of his massive Idaho smallmouth.

"I took the fish back to the lake and ran her straight to the water. After reviving her for several minutes, she took off flying," said Kelly

I think we all need more of those "Gone fishin' with dad" kinda days...

Quinten Kelly with a remarkable 9.5 pound Smallmouth.
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