It was a fantastic February day, temperature around 50 degrees F, wind 3 to 4 miles an hour, my 5th time on the lake bass fishing with my brother in his new Champion bass boat. I had joined the local bass club and was just getting into bass fishing and did not own a boat and had 2 Acadamy rods that I purchased. I was fishing with my brother who had got into fishing the year before and owned every name brand rod and reel available. We were fishing a small cove and I was in the back of the boat. We were drifting the 20 ft. deep channel in the cove when all of the sudden wham I get a fish on, as soon as I set the hook I new it was a good size fish, I yell to my brother get the net, so he set his rod down to step down to grab the net. About that time my 4 pound bass leaps into to the air, (it was fantastic for a newby) then it dives, and like something out of the movies my brothers rod leaps off the boat, as I said his rods and reels are very expensive, so out of instinct he dives onto the deck with the net in one hand and reaching for the rod handle with the other hand. Well as it turns out a person diving onto the front deck of a bass boat will bounce once. He bounced once and was over the edge of the boat before we new what happened. Well I still have the biggest fish of my life on the line as I am looking at my brother dog paddling in 55 degree water. What to do! I looked at him, he looked at me, and I looked at him again and saw that he was drifting away from the boat, so I held my rod in the air grabbed him by the shoulder pulled him to the boat so he could hang on while I got my fish in the boat. I dragged him to the bank where he could get back in the boat. We both had several layers of clothes on so he shucked the wet ones and I gave him the outside layers of my clothes. But that is not where the story ends; as he was getting dressed he noticed a lure that was similar to his laying on the back deck. I went to look at it and noticed there was some line attached to the lure so I started pulling it in, it was my brothers lure and it lead to his very expensive rod and reel that I pulled out of the water. The only thing we can figure is when my fish came out of the water and dove down it crossed his line causing his pole to leap off the boat, and it was still wrapped around my fish and lure when I got my fish in the boat, I took the fish off very fast and threw it in the live well so I could help my brother back in the boat. We had a very big laugh and continued fishing for another 2 hours. The only casualty was the dip net it is still at the bottom of the channel.