Robert Earl Woodard has been perfecting his technique for catching bass with bare hands for several decades. He has now caught 16 pound giant, which is just 8 ounces short of the Alabama state record, according to Bass Master. Although it wasn’t measured, the fish was 34-35 inches in length and could be the longest ever captured by a couple of inches.
Woodard’s technique is simple. Dangle bait on the surface right from the dock. When the bass comes to the surface to snatch it up, Earl grabs it with his bare hands.A brief but intense struggle follows, before the fish is heaved onto the dock.
Earl owns his own pond where bass can be caught and released by hand. His goal is to have the best bass lake in all of Alabama. Earl is using the videos of his bare handed fishing to promote a book he wrote about his childhood, titled “The Way It Was Back Then”. The book, available on Amazon, is a collection of tales from his life in the country as a boy, way before technology had dramatically changed our world.