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Another Bass Record Bites the Dust: DE Angler Lands 10-Pound Largemouth

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March 27, 2012

Another Bass Record Bites the Dust: DE Angler Lands 10-Pound Largemouth

By Chad Love

Hot on the heels of a new Sooner State record largemouth comes word that Deleware's largemouth bass record has fallen.

From this story on wired2fish.com:

When James D. Hitchens of Georgetown set out yesterday for his favorite Sussex County fishing hole, he planned to catch largemouth bass, baiting his line with a live shiner minnow. However, he didn’t expect to set a new state record with the big bass that took his bait. “I’ve never had one over eight pounds,” Hitchens said. “So I was hoping for over eight pounds.”

Hitchens got his wish and then some when he reeled in a 10-pound, 10-ounce female largemouth measuring 26 inches long and 18 3/4 inches in girth, as measured at Taylored Tackle Shop in Seaford and verified by DNREC Fisheries biologists Nathan Rust and Jordan Zimmerman. During the certification process, the tackle shop kept the fish in an aerated tank, and after it was measured and verified, Hitchens released it, alive, back into the pond where he caught it. "I put her right back where she came from," said Hitchens, a longtime Delaware angler. "I release all my big fish."

Congratulations to Mr. Hitchens on the catch, and kudos for releasing her back into the water. How many more state records do you think will fall this spring?

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from olinger302 wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

That is a beautiful fish! Love the color!

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from Michael Jager wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Im gonna catch the Ohio state record this spring!

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from TheJollyFisherman wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

This looks like a spotted bass to me. Can anyone explain why it's a largemouth and not a spotted?

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from DSMbirddog wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I don't know that I have ever seen a largemouth with such distinct facial stripes but she is a good looker. Thanks for letting her live.

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from weedless97 wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Largemouth this summer in Maine!

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from jakenbake wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

JollyFisherman - DE only has largemouths, smallmouths, and stripers - no spotted bass. The species isn't solely dependent on the markings, there are other things that go into it (DNA, for example). Way to go Mr. Hitchens, that's quite a catch!

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from Basser51 wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

That is one of the prettiest Largemouths I have ever seen! @ thejollyfisherman: The most reliable way to tell a largemouth from a spotted bass is to feel the tongue. Largemouth bass will have a smooth tongue, while a spotted bass will have a rough tooth patch on the tongue. It is believed that they use this to crush crayfish.

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from Tom-Tom wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Let's see if I got this right...Mr. Hitchens turned his back on any chance of material or financial gain to turn loose this once-in-a-lifetime fish? In my humble opinion, this man is a true sportsman of the first order.

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from daggermast wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I agree Tom-Tom. Mr. Hitchens, hats off to you buddy! I hope I run across you someday, I'd be happy to buy you a beer just for being a true American sportsman!

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from Steve Crum wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

The color of that bass looks like a Kentucky spotted bass, was wondering if it had a rough patch on its tounge, if it was a Kentucky bass, that would be a real record bass.

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from Krispyhuntar wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

coolest looking largemouth i've seen, great fish!

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from olinger302 wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

That is a beautiful fish! Love the color!

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from weedless97 wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Largemouth this summer in Maine!

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from Michael Jager wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Im gonna catch the Ohio state record this spring!

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from jakenbake wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

JollyFisherman - DE only has largemouths, smallmouths, and stripers - no spotted bass. The species isn't solely dependent on the markings, there are other things that go into it (DNA, for example). Way to go Mr. Hitchens, that's quite a catch!

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from Basser51 wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

That is one of the prettiest Largemouths I have ever seen! @ thejollyfisherman: The most reliable way to tell a largemouth from a spotted bass is to feel the tongue. Largemouth bass will have a smooth tongue, while a spotted bass will have a rough tooth patch on the tongue. It is believed that they use this to crush crayfish.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Tom-Tom wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Let's see if I got this right...Mr. Hitchens turned his back on any chance of material or financial gain to turn loose this once-in-a-lifetime fish? In my humble opinion, this man is a true sportsman of the first order.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from daggermast wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I agree Tom-Tom. Mr. Hitchens, hats off to you buddy! I hope I run across you someday, I'd be happy to buy you a beer just for being a true American sportsman!

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from TheJollyFisherman wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

This looks like a spotted bass to me. Can anyone explain why it's a largemouth and not a spotted?

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from DSMbirddog wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I don't know that I have ever seen a largemouth with such distinct facial stripes but she is a good looker. Thanks for letting her live.

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from Steve Crum wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

The color of that bass looks like a Kentucky spotted bass, was wondering if it had a rough patch on its tounge, if it was a Kentucky bass, that would be a real record bass.

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from Krispyhuntar wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

coolest looking largemouth i've seen, great fish!

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