Grip and Grin: Christmas Bassin' | Kayak Angler Magazine | Rapid Media
Sydney Sewell holds up her big largemouth bass that she caught on Christmas Eve. Sydney Sewell holds up her big largemouth bass that she caught on Christmas Eve. Photos: Sydney Sewell

How did you spend your holiday season this year?

"Over the holiday I was able to get out and fish," said Sydney Sewell. "Let me tell you what, these two bass had me giddy like a fat kid in a candy store. Caught on the same day and they are two different bass. Christmas Eve morning I decided to take my kayak to the Florida Bypass Canal and take a whack at completing a MTB Slam. If you do not know what a MTB slam is, it is where you try and catch a fish on every item thats in a Mystery Tackle Box.

The first bait I tried was a Omega Jig with a Gambler BB Cricket as a trailer. I flipped the jig into the mouth of a drainage pipe. Little did I know that a five pound bass was about to inhale this jig. After that the day was slow with little bass being caught. I finally was on the last lure of the box. It was a Lucky Craft Flash Minnow.


My first time ever throwing this bait. I can say it won't be my last. I threw the flash minnow in-between two drainage pipes. As soon as the minnow crossed the mouth of this pipe my rod bent right over. This bass put up a fight I will never forget. I thought she was going to get off multiple times.

Finally I was able to get her close enough to the kayak so I could net her. That seven pound bass had my heart beating like crazy. Not just because of the size she was but also I had just completed my first MTB Slam. That Christmas Eve morning is one I will never forget."

Sydney Sewell holds up her Christmas Eve largemouth bass.

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