Tim Zissis loves to fish in City Park because it brings back memories of his childhood – fishing with his father and younger brother starting more than 35 years ago. Zissis’s father passed when he was only 16. The now the 44 year-old spends time at the park because he says it’s quality time with his dad. While Zissis enjoys making friends with other fishermen enjoying the park’s waterways, the New Orleanian has also used fishing as a way to rehab, exercise, and gain strength after a life-threatening infection that almost caused his leg to be amputated last year.
On August 14th, around 3:30 p.m., Zissis, an avid City Park angler, cast his homemade plastic frog along the bank when a monster bass hit it. Zissis fought the bass for about five minutes but the large fish spit the bait loose. Zissis knew this was his dream bass – one of the biggest he had ever sparred. When the fish got away, he literally fell to his knees, convinced his trophy was gone. He regained his composure and made another cast. All of a sudden, Zissis felt his line jerk. A bass smashed his bait, again, four inches off the bank. This time, success! He knew it was the record when the fish jumped three feet out of the water. He was amazed to see the size of the bass! Zissis rushed over to City Park administration to show it off with hopes he broke the 9 pound City Park record. He did – by .05 pounds.
After 35 years, Zissis has accomplished one of his life’s goals – catching a record-breaking bass in honor of his father.
- Record Bass Caught At City Park (wgno.com)