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California gold: 'God, let me catch this fish'

Updated: March 20, 2006, 4:47 PM ET
By Brett Pauly | ESPNOutdoors.com senior editor — June 14, 2001

SAN DIEGO — Size matters.

Or does it?

Apparently not to female bass looking for a mate. Just ask California angler Mike Long.

The 20-pound, 12-ounce big-mama bucketmouth he boated at Dixon Lake on April 27, 2001, wasn't interested in anything but the smallest male at the tiny reservoir in northern San Diego County.

"There were about 20 males on this 50-yard flat and she was relating to the area," Long said in describing what would turn out to be the eighth heaviest ...

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