World record largemouth bass

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world record largemouth bass

The standing world record largemouth bass was caught in 1932. To this day it has not officially been broken. There is a sign to commemorate this massive fish. Here is a picture and the caption:

“Approximately two miles from this spot, on June 2, 1932, George W. Perry, a 19-year old farm boy, caught what was to become America's most famous fish. The twenty-two pound four ounce largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) exceeded the existing record by more than two pounds and has retained the world record for more than fifty years. Perry and his friend, J. E. Page, were fishing in Montgomery Lake, a slough off the Ocmulgee River, not for trophies but to bring food to the table during those days of the great depression. The fish was caught on a Creek Chub Perch Scale Wigglefish, Perry's only lure, and was 32 1/2 inches in length and 28 1/2 inches in girth. The weight and measurements were taken, recorded and notarized in Helena, Georgia and Perry's only reward as seventy-five dollars in merchandise as first prize in Field and Stream magazine's fishing contest. The long stading record is one of the reasons that the largemouth bass was made Georgia's Official State Fish. Montgomery Lake is today part of the Department of Natural Resources' Horse Creek Wildlife Management Area.”

As far as anyone knows, no picture of the actual world record largemouth bass exists. There is a picture of a replica being held by some of Perry's relatives. Here is that picture.

Montgomery Lake has been silted in and is not a fishing spot like it was in George Perry's day. But it is encouraging to other fisherman to think that this little oxbow produced such a record, that it stands till this day. Without a doubt, more world record largemouth bass are swimming around right now. Bass don't get that big by being stupid, so it's no wonder that the new world record has not been caught. Or hasn't it?

On March 20, 2006 at Dixon lake in California, a potential new world record largemouth bass was caught by a guy named Mac Weakley. The only reason it is not the official record, is that it was not recorded properly to satisfy the record books.

The IGFA (International Game Fish Association) typically would have to weigh the fish on certified scales. The monster bucket mouth was released with just a few pictures taken to prove its mass. It was also fouled-hooked, though not intentionally.

The IGFA took over freshwater world records in 1978, after Field and Stream turned over its 68 years of log keeping. This would include George Perry's record largemouth. So although not official, you would definitely have to give him a “holy crap that's a big largemouth!!!”

This extraordinary bass was nicknamed “Dottie” by Mac and his friends Jed Dickerson and Mike Winn. Ironically Mike was shown holding Dottie on the day she was caught. On that day she topped the scales at 25.1 pounds! Most likely with a belly full of eggs, Dottie's enormous frame smashed Perry's record by almost 3 pounds. That is the same as if she had just eaten, what a lot of bass fisherman consider, a decent bass! WOW!

The second irony is that Jed was photographed holding this famous fish when she was found dead. That day she weighed 19 pounds. Still a huge fish.

This is the lure that caught Dottie. See more about the jig and pig and soft plastic lures.

World Record Largemouth Bass jig

Here is more about the runner-up world record largemouth bass as reported in a San Diego newspaper. Isn't she beautiful?

world record largemouth bass

Here is an even more recent challenger from July 2009 in Japan. Is this the new world record bass or a near miss?

World Record Largemouth Bass, Lake Biwa

The interesting thing about these two fish is that they were both caught by average folks, and not too far from where they lived. Whether you fish for food, fun or the next world record largemouth bass, the same rules apply. First you need to understand them. Next you need to find them. Then and only then do you worry about what lure to use. There is no secret weapon to catch a world record fish. Catching more and bigger fish every trip to the water is only possible after you educate yourself.

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