Spring Bass Fishing with NPFL Pro Hunter Baughman | Big Fish And A Broken Rod!

Jun 09, 2021 Fishing Tips

This week @Mongo Fishing got out on the water with NPFL Pro Hunter Baughman! They had a great day whacking Big Spring Bass using MONSTERBASS Regional Bag Baits! Hunter is an awesome individual doing amazing things. He contracted Bacterial Meningitis as a child and lost his legs and some fingers. But as he puts it "God left me with a thumb and thumbs are for baitcasters!" Learn more about his amazing story on his social links below and enjoy the video!

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Video Transcript:

John:
What's up guys? John, from Mongo Fishing. Today, I'm here on the MonsterBass channel fishing Lake Nimrod with Hunter Baughman. Say what's up Hunter.

Hunter:
Hi guys.

John:
They said the lake's on fire. We're going to come out here, throw some baits around and see what we can get into. So, let's stick some lips.

John:
As I said, guys, my name is John from Mongo Fishing here on the MonsterBass channel. And today, I'm fishing with national professional fishing league pro Hunter Baughman. Now, before we get into this, make sure you hit the subscribe button right down there, along with the bell notification button, so you get notified every time MonsterBass puts out another video. Okay. So, Hunter is a well-known stick here in Arkansas. He's been taking my lunch money more than a time or two. But, now he's fishing on The National Professional Fishing League. And as you'll see in the video, Hunter's a pretty unique guy. At nine months old, Hunter contracted bacterial meningitis, and doctors were forced to amputate both legs at the knee, along with his left hand and some of the fingers in his right hand. But as Hunter puts it, God left him with the thumb, and thumbs are for bait casters. So, let's get into it.

Hunter:
Not a big one.

John:
No, but it is a fish.

Hunter:
I was going to weigh our best five but I'm not weighing this one.

John:
Well, so far he's the first of the best five.

Hunter:
If he's part of our best five I don't care what the weight is.

John:
I got a backlash because that's what I do. There we go.

Hunter:
Okay.

John:
He was right on the bush. He feels decent. Yep. That's going to be one of our five. Here's a nice fish. It's a five pounder.

Hunter:
Is it really?

John:
Yeah.

Hunter:
Do you need help?

John:
Now boat flip a five?

Hunter:
Sure, I do.

Hunter:
[inaudible 00:02:15].

Hunter:
Not going to make it, John.

John:
No? Well, I mean he looks five. Got that freaking gut on him. He's just short. Yeah. We have totally different life experiences.

Hunter:
Right?

John:
But

Hunter:
I ain't got no legs, you spent your life trying not to blow yours off.

John:
Right.

Hunter:
Oh of course.

John:
Oh, he gets it. He shoots and scores. Oh, I think it's a hook in the face. Oh, that's dope. Hopefully that's on camera.

Hunter:
[inaudible 00:02:59]

John:
All right, guys just did a battery change. Hunter's hooked up right now. Oh, he just spit it.

John:
Here we go.

John:
On the old Alex road square bill. Nah he's a little. Maybe a pound.

John:
There you go.

John:
Two pounder? Oh. And he just came off. So what river is this?

Hunter:
[inaudible].

John:
The what?

Hunter:
I made that up.

John:
I know you did. None of those were real words. Okay.

Hunter:
Well over 103 days time. [inaudible]

John:
That's crazy, dude. I'm on.

Hunter:
Are you?

John:
I am. The second it hit the freaking water.

Hunter:
[inaudible]

Hunter:
What's that on?

John:
That's a Monsterbass skirball. And now it's on my life jacket.

Hunter:
[inaudible] little things.

John:
Here you go guys.

John:
Here you go, there's fish right there.

Hunter:
A lot of times, these that you can catch just never throw on it [inaudible]

John:
Yeah. Well, you know, I might have to throw that jig out there.

Hunter:
Yeah.

John:
That should eliminate them biting everybody. Every cast.

Hunter:
Let me catch the one first before you ruin the day. [Inaudible].

John:
Look at you.

Hunter:
Come one. What is he doing?

Hunter:
Like the rod [inaudible] in my hand. I couldn't stop it.

John:
So I was watching one of our videos that we did last year, the one of the river or whatever.

Hunter:
Yeah.

John:
I was watching it last night. And you were like, so I lost the rod. I'm like how? You're like, I threw it right in the water. And it just happened to be the same day that you lost that other rod.

Hunter:
That's one of the [inaudible] wasn't it?

John:
Yep.

Hunter:
Oh, I'm on. I'm on.

John:
On the bigs?

Hunter:
Oh, that can come off quick. What in the world? I'm going to have to resharpen all my hooks or something.

John:
Right? Aw man, you see that one?

Hunter:
Yeah. Yes. I'm on the bigs. Better watch out. [Inaudible]

John:
Yeah. Jerk bait fishing is always fun dude.

Hunter:
I've got another jerk baiter. [Inaudible].

John:
That's all right.

John:
I'll just throw it [inaudible] back and do that.

Hunter:
[Inaudible].

John:
I mean, I just got them on this.

Hunter:
Oh you got one?

John:
Yeah. The bigs.

Hunter:
Huh?

John:
I said the bigs.

Hunter:
[Inaudible]

John:
It was not this high the other day.

John:
Remember like, like when you and I were out there... Oh! There's a big.

Hunter:
Oh wow.

John:
Net!

Hunter:
Here's a net [inaudible]

John:
So that's PB, if I can land it. Because that looks like he's bigger than 6 and 13.

Hunter:
I don't have a net.

John:
Oh man.

Hunter:
Bring him this way. I can help you.

John:
I mean, I'm tempted just to freaking boat flip them.

Hunter:
You should. Be a man.

Hunter:
[inaudible]

John:
That's what she said. Look at that skin hooked.

John:
But the trailer hook had him better.

Hunter:
Well, I'm very disappointed.

Hunter:
What the hey.

John:
Bro. Oh, I was going to put him to see if he fit.

Hunter:
Oh I didn't know

John:
Oh, it's all right. I want a picture of that dude.

Hunter:
Yeah that's a big fish.

John:
And we got to weigh that too. Is that on camera? That is on camera.

Hunter:
That's a seven. Easy.

John:
It's a new PB.

Hunter:
I think it's seven and a half.

Hunter:
[inaudible]

John:
That's a six and a quarter.

Hunter:
Really? Not that big.

Hunter:
Let me see the scale.

John:
I didn't save it yet.

Hunter:
Zero it. Try again. Not as heavy as I thought. Six and a quarter.

John:
That's crazy. It looks a lot bigger than that.

Hunter:
I know he does.

John:
Oh, well. I guess not a PB guys, but still a freaking nice one. Neither was that first one I caught. 2 for 11, but we'd have a limit for 12.

Hunter:
Now we'd have a limit for 14.

John:
Yeah. Oh, there's one. Feels good. He's not, he just freaking crushed it. Like a ton of bricks. Just so many little things that I didn't really think about when I first started like getting into bass fishing. Like that's something I want is a line sponsor because that stuff gets expensive.

Hunter:
You know how much I spent on line beginning of the year?

John:
Uh uh.

Hunter:
$950

John:
Oh, that's gross.

Hunter:
[Inaudible].

John:
All right guys. I just did another battery change. I mean, we've caught fish, but they've all been like pretty small. Besides the four and the six. Keep fishing.

John:
There's a fish. Well, there was a fish.

Hunter:
Wasn't very big was it?

John:
Nah.

Hunter:
It may be behind [inaudible].

John:
Here we go. Two and a half now. Two?

Hunter:
[inaudible].

John:
Man, right at the boat.

Hunter:
[inaudible]

John:
Yeah.

John:
Was that your fish? Did I throw it too far?

Hunter:
I mean you didn't throw too far. I don't think it was that big. Yeah we'll have to weigh that.

John:
He's a 3.

John:
Held at 3.33.

Hunter:
You lock it, hit the left button one more time ...

John:
Yep. Here you go, guys. Just came off.

John:
Did he just come off? He just came off. He felt big. He felt big. All right guys, update. It is like 2:35 ish. We have like 14 pounds out of three fish because we've let all the smaller fish go without weighing them. Keep fishing.

John:
Oh, there's one. Another big.

Hunter:
Here you go.

Hunter:
Run in my head about [inaudible] that went well.

John:
That one was bigger than the last one.

Hunter:
That was a five.

John:
No, he was longer than the six.

John:
Well, that sucks.

Hunter:
You almost got him in.

John:
I doubt [inaudible] as any more of these. I need to text Danny have him make me another freaking one of those jackhammers. It is a fish. On a jig?

Hunter:
No [inaudible].

John:
Oh okay.

Hunter:
[inaudible].

John:
He is very skinny. He got a big old head on him.

John:
All right, guys, there, you have it. Hunter and I had a pretty fun day on the lake. I had a better day than he did, but that's bass fishing. You know, you don't always sack them up, but you know, if it wasn't for bass fishing, he and I probably wouldn't know each other. Anyway, we had totally different life paths. He had meningitis and had his legs chopped off. I spent my life disarming bombs and try not to blow my legs off. Again, fishing is what brought us together. And that's the really cool thing about this sport. Same thing. Fishing is what brought me onto the MonsterBass staff and get a chance to meet the great men and women from MonsterBass. So thank you guys very much for watching. Make sure you hit the subscribe button right down there, along with the bell notification buttons.

John:
You guys get notified every time MonsterBass comes out with another video. My channel will be linked down at the description below. Also, I'd be honored if you came over and checked that out. I have a couple other videos of fishing with Hunter, and then Hunter's Instagram link will be down in the description below also. And if it's not, then it is on some of the videos that are on my channel, where he and I are fishing. Again, guys, thank you very much for watching as always get under the water, be safe and go stick some lips.

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