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Manabu Kurits ties world record with this 22-4 pound largemouth bass

John Pate of South Florida bass fishing guides was shocked to hear a  new largemouth bass record was set in Montana.

But it’s not the record that shocked him – it’s something about this new record  you should know if you want to catch trophy bass.

Here’s what this is all about…

According to Bassmaster – on July 16, 2011 10-year old Garrett Frost caught a largemouth bass that weighed 3.5 lbs.  The bass had a red floy tag numbered 5637.

“According to the tag information, this fish was caught and tagged by Phil Rivard in Fennon Slough on October 3, 1997. At that time the fish was 14.2” long and weighed 1.5 lbs.

Cavigli, who keeps up the tag database, says that Rivard, a volunteer for FWP, caught, tagged, and released many largemouth bass in the sloughs of the Flathead River, adding to the age-growth database.

Based on the size of the largemouth bass in 1997 and the age-growth database, Deleray estimates that the fish was probably 5 years old when tagged. Adding that age with how long the tag was in the fish places its age at 19 years old. This may be the oldest confirmed largemouth bass reported in Montana. Most sources place the maximum age at 15 or 16 for largemouth bass in the northern United States. Deleray is contacting other fisheries biologists, and, so far, has not found any records of largemouth bass as old as the Rose Creek Slough bass.”

Here’s what is so shocking about this new record:  This is the oldest bass on record… AND IT ONLY WEIGHS 3.5 LBS!!!!

This clearly points out one of the most important factors in catching trophy bass…

You must be fishing were trophy bass live!

Obviously, if you want to catch a giant 10 pound bass – Montana is NOT where you should be wetting your line.

If you are serious about hooking into a real trophy bass… California, Florida and Texas are your best options.  Mexico also has great BIG bass fishing – if you are willing to make the trip.

No one can say for sure – but I’d be willing to bet a 19 year old bass in Florida would be very, very. very close to the world record of 22lb 4 oz.

And in case you didn’t know – the world record largemouth bass record was TIED not to long ago.

According to the International Game Fish Association:

“DANIA BEACH, Fla. USA, (January 8, 2010) — After nearly six months of waiting, Japan’s Manabu Kurita is taking his place along side Georgia, USA angler George Perry in the International Game Fish Association’s (IGFA) World Record Games Fishes book as dual holders of the All-Tackle record for largemouth bass each weighing 22 lb 4 oz and caught 77 years apart.

Kurita, 32, of Aichi, Japan, was fishing Biwa that July day using a Deps Sidewinder rod and a Shimano Antares DC7LV reel loaded with 25 lb Toray line when he pitched his bait, a live bluegill, next to a bridge piling. It was Kurita’s first cast to the piling where he had seen a big bass swimming. He only twitched the bait a couple of times before he got bit. After a short, three minute fight he had the fish in the boat.

Kurita was quoted as saying “I knew it was big, but I didn’t know it was that big.”

But big it was. Using certified scales, his fish weighed in at 10.12 kg or 22 lb 4 oz. When measured, the fish had a fork length of 27.2 inches and a girth of 26.7 inches. The IGFA only has line classes up to 20 lb for largemouth bass, so Kurita had no chance at a line class record as well.

Kurita’s fish ties the current record held for over 77 years by Perry who caught his bass on Georgia’s Montgomery Lake, June 2, 1932, near Jacksonville, Georgia. That 22-4 behemoth wonField and Stream Magazine’s big fish contest and 46 years later, when the IGFA took over freshwater records from Field and Stream, it became the All-Tackle record now one of over 1,100 fresh and saltwater species the IGFA monitors.” 

The most amazing part of all this is –  the bass that tied the world record probably wasn’t as old as the 3.5 lbs Montana bass!!!

And south florida bass fishing guides might have to make a trip to Japan…



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