Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Largemouth Record?

From Field and Stream online. Lake Biwa, Japan. There is already a ton of trash talking about whether this fish is really 22lbs 5ozs. Truthfully, who cares? That is one monster/lunker/jumbo bass, but apparently it may only tie the current world record as it needs to be 2ozs heavier to break it. Still bigger than any largemouth I have ever seen.

Talk about a little breaking afternoon excitement. This just in from Japan: the world-record largemouth bass may have been bested. Here are the first photos.

According to some Internet chatter from California-based website, this bass, caught by angler Manabu Kurita, has already been certified as weighing 22 pounds, 5 ounces.The fish was supposedly taken from Lake Biwa in Japan, the same lake where a 25-pound bass was reportedly netted earlier this year.But here's the potential hitch: George Perry's world-record bass weighed in at 22 pounds, 4 ounces. By IGFA rules, any fish under 25 pounds that is a contender for world-record status must top the current world record by two ounces. It seems all this bass may do is tie. Stay tuned to F& for more info as it unfolds.

If the weight of this catch is accurate, it wouldn't be the first bass to top Perry's record.
Click here to see our coverage of a 25-pounder caught in California 3 years ago.For now, tell us what you think.
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