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Posted: 3/12/2005 12:28:17 PM EDT


It's claimed it weighs 24 pounds.

CRC
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 12:29:04 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/12/2005 12:29:53 PM EDT by VTHOKIESHOOTER]
I would have said 18-20 but it probably has huge girth. I caught one years ago that tipped the scales at 11 and it was a monster. This one looks a lot bigger.
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 12:31:01 PM EDT
24lb seems about right.
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 12:32:07 PM EDT
I dunno.....but I remember seeing that same picture in 'Outdoor Life' many years ago.....seemed real to me.

Link Posted: 3/12/2005 12:32:18 PM EDT
Thats alot of fish...24 easily.
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 12:33:30 PM EDT
Yep it was caught in 1997 in CA.

I just bring this up because rumours are going around about a possible world record bass being caught recently in CA.

CRC
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 12:33:48 PM EDT
I believe it.
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 12:34:08 PM EDT
20+ easy.

If a hooked into something like that and got him up to the boat and saw him for the first time I think my legs would turn into jello.

Very nice fish.
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 12:38:06 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/12/2005 12:43:53 PM EDT by MudBug]
A few years ago a guy in Santa Rosa, CA caught one that weighed 25 pounds, he weighed it, got pictures then let it go. The problem was that the scale the park had was not regulation so it didn't count.

This was caught in a small city park (Spring Lake), there are a lot of guys that spend time trolling 10 inch rubber lures that look like trout because the big bass in that lake feed on the trout that gets stocked there.


ETA: in fact that pic seems to be that fish and that guy, I guess it was 24 lbs not 25, and it was a bathroom scale.

story Here
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 12:41:14 PM EDT
That is picture is of him- Scott Duclos.



Now there is another rumour about another world record coming out of Clear Lake, CA.

CRC
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 12:42:12 PM EDT
That lunker just might be a +20lb fish. I'd sure like to latch onto something that big in my pond. A couple of years ago I latched onto one I figure was about 7-9lb and I was amazed how big that fish was. This one...MAN has he been eating well!
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 12:43:14 PM EDT
its amazing what a bunch of lead shot stuffed into guts will do for these critters.......
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 12:44:47 PM EDT
Less than 22lbs, 4 oz which is the world record. If it was 24 lbs., the man would now be a millionaire.
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 12:51:34 PM EDT

Originally Posted By alaman:
Less than 22lbs, 4 oz which is the world record. If it was 24 lbs., the man would now be a millionaire.



read the story, it seems that it wasn't the size of the fish that kept him from getting a record, but his lack of documenting it correctly.
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 12:56:51 PM EDT
He decided to pratice catch and release at the expense of the record.

CRC
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 12:59:28 PM EDT

That's a big ass fish. I'd say it could easily weigh that much.

Can only see it in '2D' from a pic, I'd bet it's quite fat, judging by the size of it.


nice catch, either way
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 1:02:44 PM EDT
That rumor out of Clear Lake this week was deemed a hoax. Apparently some live bait guys caught one weighing around 14, and that kicked off a rumor of a record. It seems that it became an instant fish story and it amazingly grew to be as large as 24 lbs 7 ozs by way of the internet overnight. Aint technology grand?

this first link is the initial article in our local paper:
www.record-bee.com/Stories/0,1413,255~26902~2752684,00.html

This second link is the "oops" article:
www.record-bee.com/Stories/0,1413,255%257E26902%257E2754785,00.html

I live right on Clear Lake, and could go into many reasons why I don't think there is a 20 pounder in that lake, much less a 22, but I'm sure happy to have it right in my back yard so I don't have to drive so far for the many tournaments and fun fishing days I enjoy on that lake. If any of you guys fish for bass seriously, you have got to take the time to come out here and check out Clear Lake sometime. Look me up if you do.


That big fish caught by Paul Duclos in the earlier picture in this thread was sure a big fish. Those few guys that catch them in the 20 pound range are not your regular everday bass fishermen. Those guys are a rare breed who will fish for weeks for "a bite" and are happy to do it. They are true trophy hunters
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 1:24:07 PM EDT
Looks bigger because his arms are extended towards the camera. Looks 8-10 lbs.

No picks with the two articles. Can't veryfy if its the same guy.
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 1:26:27 PM EDT
What? Did they let that fish eat at McDonald's ?
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 1:29:38 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/12/2005 1:30:19 PM EDT by BuckeyeRifleman]
I could say it topped 20 but he is kinda holding it out tward the camera. Either way its one huge bass, I could easily see a new world record coming out of california.

edited cause I cant spell
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 1:30:14 PM EDT
Must be eating fillet-o-fish sandwiches.
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 1:35:08 PM EDT

Originally Posted By MudBug:

Originally Posted By alaman:
Less than 22lbs, 4 oz which is the world record. If it was 24 lbs., the man would now be a millionaire.



read the story, it seems that it wasn't the size of the fish that kept him from getting a record, but his lack of documenting it correctly.



I have read about 10 or so fish that broke the record but the fish was let go and the scales were not accurate. Happens every few years and always in Kalifornia.
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 1:37:31 PM EDT
Biggest I ever caught was about 8lbs....was the thrill of my life....got him on 2lb test, took close to 30 minutes to land him....one of my proudest fishing moments. Only one that tops it is....Mudhole off the coast of new jersey....maybe 35-40 miles offshore....about 300 feet....about 20 feet off the bottom....stand up 30 rod, 25 lb test....we were floating a slick for mako (or any other shark that would take interest)....we had just started, and decided to try for some slammer blues off the bottom (wanted to float blue fish filets on our stand up 80 rigs for the sharks)......on my little 30, i hooked into a 125 lb blue shark...6 inch leader (remember - think blue fish set up).....landed, tagged and released in uder an hour.....was the best day ever
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 1:44:09 PM EDT
I practice catch and release. (Wouldn't want to eat the fish from our local waters) But If I hooked that big boys the only place he's returned to is my freezer.
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 2:27:17 PM EDT
Dayuum!! Don't go in the water!!

Link Posted: 3/12/2005 2:42:53 PM EDT
I'd have guessed about 17 pounds, but it's hard to tell from the way the fish is held. It's a big largemouth for sure, but 24lbs is a crock - as well as all the stories about world record fish being released for whatever reason. Nobody is going to throw back a real million dollar+ fish.
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 3:00:30 PM EDT

Biggest I ever caught was about 8lbs....was the thrill of my life....got him on 2lb test, took close to 30 minutes to land him....one of my proudest fishing moments. Only one that tops it is....Mudhole off the coast of new jersey....maybe 35-40 miles offshore....about 300 feet....about 20 feet off the bottom....stand up 30 rod, 25 lb test....we were floating a slick for mako (or any other shark that would take interest)....we had just started, and decided to try for some slammer blues off the bottom (wanted to float blue fish filets on our stand up 80 rigs for the sharks)......on my little 30, i hooked into a 125 lb blue shark...6 inch leader (remember - think blue fish set up).....landed, tagged and released in uder an hour.....was the best day ever



That reminds me of a few years ago at Thanksgiving I went fishing off of Margate NJ with my cousin. We were jigging up rockfish to 36" with a 1oz jig head and a 7" bass assasin when we got into some big blues. Caught one blue that would go 10lbs, after we boated him I saw a fray just above the jig and broke the line with about 1lb of pressure, man was I lucky. I also caught the biggest flounder of my life that day, was 28" and would go close to 6lbs but flounder was out of season That was one of the best days of fishing in my life. BTW the flounder was also caught on the jig with the 7" plastic.
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 3:03:58 PM EDT
I myself say the fish is an easy 20 pounder but how much over 20 lb zero ounces I dunno.

CRC
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