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Four of the big bass, including the 11.10 pounder, pounced on a Strike King 8XD crankbait Derek Mundy was using to dredge bottom in 17 of water. HIs color of choice was citrus shad.

Add Derek Mundy to the budding list of Sam Rayburn tournament anglers to live the magic of big bass nirvana on the legendary fishery east of Lufkin.

For those who may not of heard, the 32-year-old angler from Broaddus was competing in Phoenix Bass Fishing League event on Jan. 2 when when he reeled in an enormous five-fish limit that may be the heaviest ever recorded during a tournament on Sam Rayburn by one angler.

Matt Williams is a freelance outdoors writer based in Nacogdoches. His email address is