shellcracker set world record
17]Braden River,FL--A shellcracker landed in the Braden River by
Capt. D.C. Bienvenue of Sarasota become new line-classification
freshwater fly rod world record.
Shellcracker. Capt. D.C. Bienvenue landed it on a 6-weight fly rod
on the Braden River.
Bienvenue submitted the shellcracker, which allegedly
weighed 2 pounds, 1 ounce, and was landed on a 6-weight fly rod
and 6-pound tippet almost two weeks ago, to the International Game
The previous world record for a shellcracker on
a 6-pound tippet is 1 pound, 10 ounces by Shawn Taylor on May 16,
2001 in Lake Windsor, Ark.
Bienvenue, 33, of Suncoast
Kayak Fishing Tours, was looking for bass that morning off
Jigg's Landing using a custom-made popping cork fly, which included
a 2/0 hook. The fly floats on the surface, and Bienvenue basically
makes quick strips to pop the fly.
The day Bienvenue caught his potential world record,
it was a clear, calm morning, and he was targeting bass. "I was
just throwing around the lily pads in shallow water, and I saw it
hit," Bienvenue said. "I thought it was a small bass until it blew
up on the surface."
He brought it to Mr. B's Fishin' Hole, where he
weighed it. "From what I've seen in pictures, a few of these guys
have landed (shellcracker and bluegill) that could've been a Florida
or world record," Mr. B's owner Penny Crawford said. "And they ate
Bienvenue also said he has submitted a 12-pound,
3-ounce bass for a Florida line class record on 4-pound test this
He said he landed it in a retention pond behind
Home Depot on University Parkway on spinning gear and a Rapala Skitter
Walk. The current line class record is 10 pounds, 12 ounces.
lands above-average shellcracker