Jim Miers has been bass fishing for a long, long time — more than 50 years by his count, including close to 1,000 trips up to Toledo Bend.
“I was bass fishing before Toledo Bend was built, and I really got into it after Toledo Bend was built,” said Miers, 64 years young, who lives in DeRidder and serves as the pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in nearby Merryville. “So I’ve been bass fishing 50-plus years.”
Before last Monday, his biggest bass ever was in the 7-pound range. But that all changed Feb. 4 around noon, when Miers set the hook on a big bass nestled in a treetop on the south end of the Bend in the Mill Creek area.
The hawg weighed-in officially at 10.96 pounds, only a half-ounce shy of 11, and just like that the double-digit fish that had eluded him all those years was finally in the boat.
So was maybe a little divine intervention involved in landing the lunker?