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UPDATE: Arkansas State-Record Largemouth Bass Invalidated

UPDATE: Arkansas State-Record Largemouth Bass Invalidated

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from lococabra3806 wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

That is one big fat bass, congrats to Paul, hell of a catch.

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from GrantHarland wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

What a pig.

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from jbird wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

WOW! That is a HOG! Congrats on a dream-fish!

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from themadflyfisher wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

Big ol bellied beast!

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from Tyler Brantly wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

and now its dead...what a shame.

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from daggermast wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

Paul,
Your dedication and expertise are not to be scoffed at...you deserve the record and any accolades that come with it...you are the man!
What a great fish and a great story...I laughed out loud when I read that you cut the anchor lines...my dad would have done the same thing!
Congratulations buddy!
Dan

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from dtownley wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

Tyler, so is the one George Perry caught and it don't make'em any less fish or the one that caught them any less an angler. My parents wondered if I would make a hunter 'cause of my love of animals and they found out I did love them, fried, steamed, saute'ed, ect.. A man's stomach is on the water and in the woods with the sportsman(woman)and it is not there 'cause it wants store bought food. Limits are limits and I don't think this would have made F & S if it was a lawbreaker catching this big'un. There are a bunch of catch and release folks like you and they know you throw'em back. Folks that eat their catch most likely think it is a shame that your fish git thrown back ? Use to fish with some fellas that were about 50yrs older than me and my buddies and they would say," big enough to bite big enough to git et ! So me and my buddies would catch big W.bass so they wouldn't keep the small ones as it left more in the water. They would give us a beer apiece when they left as payment. They were twins named Herb & Erv fine gentleman that were feeding big families...probably past on to the big waters above...what a shame as their smiles are missed

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from plinkster wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

A fish on steroids. Nice Catch!

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from Gary Devine wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

To all the Pros on Bassmasters, eat your heart out. Congrats Paul on your monster bass.

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from the_green_angler wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

what an awesome story. Bravo Mr Crowder.

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from Mark Orlicky wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

Great story...
And, I just read the follow-on to the story. Is it really true that Paul Crowder "forgot" to buy his fishing license until three hours after he caught the fish? And, it is now disqualified?

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from Dave59 wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

I grew up about 25 miles from Lake Dunn and used to fish it occasionally when I was home on military leave. Always knew a big one would come from there. Congrats on a nice catch!

Dave
USMC ret

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from Tommy Ray Gatlin wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

Well it turns out that Paul didnt have a fishing Lic, Shame on you!

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from TRR wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

True story Mark-O. Paul fished illegally, landed the record and THEN went for the license about 3 hours later.

The full story is on the front page of TheRockyRiver.com

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from pupiloftheword wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

"You can’t grind this grin off my face.”

Seems like FAIL on both the record and prophecying.

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from teresahallbrigg... wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

jeez. what a bass

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from Joe Moon wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

What a Great fish...and should be mounted along with the story so people can see what patience and dedication can produce...and hung in the State Wild Life Muuseum...Great Job Paul...Congratulations!!!

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from Gary Devine wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

I just heard on the 8pm Saturday night Hucklebee show, that when the Arkansas record bass was caught by Paul Crowder, that he did not have a legal fishing license. He went and bought a license three hours after the monster fish was caught. He is being fined, the state record is being withdrawed and fish is being taken away. Did anyone see this on Hucklebee Show or hear this news in Arkansas?

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from deerhunterrick wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

Too bad it was poached and he lost the record. maybe next time he'll follow the rules like everyone else does.A real shame to waste any fish,but a record fish seems even more so.

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from Captjim wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

Here it is, read it and laugh your ass off at this stupid sob. Soon to be on the "worlds dumbest criminals" program. I bet this will "grind" that stupid grin off his face. Direct from the AGFC website:

WYNNE – Less than two weeks after an Arkansas largemouth bass record apparently was set, an investigation by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has revealed that the fish was caught illegally.

Paul Crowder of Forrest City claimed to have set the record Feb. 28 on Lake Dunn near Wynne. Crowder’s fish weighed 16 pounds, 5 ounces, which would have broken the record by an ounce.

The AGFC discovered that a license was purchased for Crowder three hours after he claimed to have caught the bass. Crowder’s fishing license expired in April 2011. Under AGFC regulations, it is illegal for any person 16 years of age or older to fish without possessing a current Arkansas fishing license. State record-fish rules require that an angler hold a valid license at the time of the catch.

Crowder has been charged with fishing without a license. He faces up to a $1,000 fine and up to 30 days in jail. The fish was seized as evidence by AGFC wildlife officers. Crowder has a court hearing March 19 in Wynne District Court.

Crowder’s fish would have broken the 36-year-old record set by the late Aaron Mardis of Memphis. Mardis set the state record March 2, 1976, with a 16-pound, 4-ounce largemouth caught on Mallard Lake near Manila in Mississippi County. Crowder’s fish was not fully certified as the state record by the AGFC’s director and chief of fisheries. The AGFC will continue to recognize the Mardis fish as the state record.

AGFC Chief of Fisheries Mark Oliver said he was disappointed that a bass large enough to be a state record can’t be certified because of illegal activity.

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from Captjim wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

I'm just wondering:
1. If Crowder fishes so much why did he fish without a license for almost a year?
2. If he was such a big bass fisherman why does he fish without a net especially when he said he was going to catch the "big one" that day?
3. Why didn't the game warden check his license when they measured the fish and took the photos? If they did how did Crowder get his story so messed up?

A lot of unanswered questions here. Is it possible that Crowder caught it on a troutline and made up the whole story? They use brim to catch catfish all the time. Just wondering.

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from Captjim wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

A few more interesting questions.
Crowder said the bass spit out a bream before it was weighted. Sometimes a big bass will eat too much and choke on it's prey and float to the surface half dead. I have personally seen that happen. I also wonder why a supposedly dedicated big bass fisherman would even let a catfisherman in the same boat and throw out 2 anchors while bass fishing? I also question his bait of choice being the 6" plastic worm. I have caught several 12lb plus bass all on 14" worms and have never caught anything over 3 or 4 lbs. on a small bait. Of course it is possible but who goes after the lake record with such a small bait and without a net. His whole story stinks to high hell.

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from dtownley wrote 2 years 5 weeks ago

Just a poacher, my apologies Tyler and shameful it died to expose a game thief.

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from Drew McClure wrote 2 years 5 weeks ago

You can't grind the grin off his face, but perhaps you can fine the grin off his face, cheers...nice hat.

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from JCSoutdoorsman wrote 2 years 4 weeks ago

That's a great fish, bummer it's not a record.

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from chriswood3222 wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I think they should give him the record fishing license is way different then a deer tag..

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from bigredhunter wrote 2 years 2 weeks ago

Too bad the bass died only to prove a fish poacher.

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from 357 wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

poachers disgust me, in our state not only is a crime but there are some very heavy monetary fines. just disgraceful that poor fish died for nothin'

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from scorp wrote 1 year 49 weeks ago

Can you say deliverance.

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from texasfirst wrote 1 year 48 weeks ago

I'm with Captjim. The whole story is completely wack. Either way, one moral of the story is, if you're a scofflaw without a valid license, don't crow about whatever you dragged up.

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from shelleycaraway wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

I guess Paul ate good for awhile off that old fish. Maybe it was not a complete waste.

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from tmullen wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Just think this all could have been avoided if he followed the law.

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from lococabra3806 wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

That is one big fat bass, congrats to Paul, hell of a catch.

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from daggermast wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

Paul,
Your dedication and expertise are not to be scoffed at...you deserve the record and any accolades that come with it...you are the man!
What a great fish and a great story...I laughed out loud when I read that you cut the anchor lines...my dad would have done the same thing!
Congratulations buddy!
Dan

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from plinkster wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

A fish on steroids. Nice Catch!

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from Gary Devine wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

To all the Pros on Bassmasters, eat your heart out. Congrats Paul on your monster bass.

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from the_green_angler wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

what an awesome story. Bravo Mr Crowder.

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from Captjim wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

A few more interesting questions.
Crowder said the bass spit out a bream before it was weighted. Sometimes a big bass will eat too much and choke on it's prey and float to the surface half dead. I have personally seen that happen. I also wonder why a supposedly dedicated big bass fisherman would even let a catfisherman in the same boat and throw out 2 anchors while bass fishing? I also question his bait of choice being the 6" plastic worm. I have caught several 12lb plus bass all on 14" worms and have never caught anything over 3 or 4 lbs. on a small bait. Of course it is possible but who goes after the lake record with such a small bait and without a net. His whole story stinks to high hell.

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from Drew McClure wrote 2 years 5 weeks ago

You can't grind the grin off his face, but perhaps you can fine the grin off his face, cheers...nice hat.

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from JCSoutdoorsman wrote 2 years 4 weeks ago

That's a great fish, bummer it's not a record.

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from bigredhunter wrote 2 years 2 weeks ago

Too bad the bass died only to prove a fish poacher.

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from GrantHarland wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

What a pig.

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from jbird wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

WOW! That is a HOG! Congrats on a dream-fish!

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from themadflyfisher wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

Big ol bellied beast!

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from Mark Orlicky wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

Great story...
And, I just read the follow-on to the story. Is it really true that Paul Crowder "forgot" to buy his fishing license until three hours after he caught the fish? And, it is now disqualified?

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from Dave59 wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

I grew up about 25 miles from Lake Dunn and used to fish it occasionally when I was home on military leave. Always knew a big one would come from there. Congrats on a nice catch!

Dave
USMC ret

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from Tommy Ray Gatlin wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

Well it turns out that Paul didnt have a fishing Lic, Shame on you!

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from TRR wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

True story Mark-O. Paul fished illegally, landed the record and THEN went for the license about 3 hours later.

The full story is on the front page of TheRockyRiver.com

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from pupiloftheword wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

"You can’t grind this grin off my face.”

Seems like FAIL on both the record and prophecying.

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from teresahallbrigg... wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

jeez. what a bass

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from Joe Moon wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

What a Great fish...and should be mounted along with the story so people can see what patience and dedication can produce...and hung in the State Wild Life Muuseum...Great Job Paul...Congratulations!!!

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from Gary Devine wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

I just heard on the 8pm Saturday night Hucklebee show, that when the Arkansas record bass was caught by Paul Crowder, that he did not have a legal fishing license. He went and bought a license three hours after the monster fish was caught. He is being fined, the state record is being withdrawed and fish is being taken away. Did anyone see this on Hucklebee Show or hear this news in Arkansas?

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from deerhunterrick wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

Too bad it was poached and he lost the record. maybe next time he'll follow the rules like everyone else does.A real shame to waste any fish,but a record fish seems even more so.

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from Captjim wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

Here it is, read it and laugh your ass off at this stupid sob. Soon to be on the "worlds dumbest criminals" program. I bet this will "grind" that stupid grin off his face. Direct from the AGFC website:

WYNNE – Less than two weeks after an Arkansas largemouth bass record apparently was set, an investigation by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has revealed that the fish was caught illegally.

Paul Crowder of Forrest City claimed to have set the record Feb. 28 on Lake Dunn near Wynne. Crowder’s fish weighed 16 pounds, 5 ounces, which would have broken the record by an ounce.

The AGFC discovered that a license was purchased for Crowder three hours after he claimed to have caught the bass. Crowder’s fishing license expired in April 2011. Under AGFC regulations, it is illegal for any person 16 years of age or older to fish without possessing a current Arkansas fishing license. State record-fish rules require that an angler hold a valid license at the time of the catch.

Crowder has been charged with fishing without a license. He faces up to a $1,000 fine and up to 30 days in jail. The fish was seized as evidence by AGFC wildlife officers. Crowder has a court hearing March 19 in Wynne District Court.

Crowder’s fish would have broken the 36-year-old record set by the late Aaron Mardis of Memphis. Mardis set the state record March 2, 1976, with a 16-pound, 4-ounce largemouth caught on Mallard Lake near Manila in Mississippi County. Crowder’s fish was not fully certified as the state record by the AGFC’s director and chief of fisheries. The AGFC will continue to recognize the Mardis fish as the state record.

AGFC Chief of Fisheries Mark Oliver said he was disappointed that a bass large enough to be a state record can’t be certified because of illegal activity.

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from Captjim wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

I'm just wondering:
1. If Crowder fishes so much why did he fish without a license for almost a year?
2. If he was such a big bass fisherman why does he fish without a net especially when he said he was going to catch the "big one" that day?
3. Why didn't the game warden check his license when they measured the fish and took the photos? If they did how did Crowder get his story so messed up?

A lot of unanswered questions here. Is it possible that Crowder caught it on a troutline and made up the whole story? They use brim to catch catfish all the time. Just wondering.

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from chriswood3222 wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I think they should give him the record fishing license is way different then a deer tag..

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from 357 wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

poachers disgust me, in our state not only is a crime but there are some very heavy monetary fines. just disgraceful that poor fish died for nothin'

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from scorp wrote 1 year 49 weeks ago

Can you say deliverance.

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from texasfirst wrote 1 year 48 weeks ago

I'm with Captjim. The whole story is completely wack. Either way, one moral of the story is, if you're a scofflaw without a valid license, don't crow about whatever you dragged up.

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from shelleycaraway wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

I guess Paul ate good for awhile off that old fish. Maybe it was not a complete waste.

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from tmullen wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Just think this all could have been avoided if he followed the law.

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from dtownley wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

Tyler, so is the one George Perry caught and it don't make'em any less fish or the one that caught them any less an angler. My parents wondered if I would make a hunter 'cause of my love of animals and they found out I did love them, fried, steamed, saute'ed, ect.. A man's stomach is on the water and in the woods with the sportsman(woman)and it is not there 'cause it wants store bought food. Limits are limits and I don't think this would have made F & S if it was a lawbreaker catching this big'un. There are a bunch of catch and release folks like you and they know you throw'em back. Folks that eat their catch most likely think it is a shame that your fish git thrown back ? Use to fish with some fellas that were about 50yrs older than me and my buddies and they would say," big enough to bite big enough to git et ! So me and my buddies would catch big W.bass so they wouldn't keep the small ones as it left more in the water. They would give us a beer apiece when they left as payment. They were twins named Herb & Erv fine gentleman that were feeding big families...probably past on to the big waters above...what a shame as their smiles are missed

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from dtownley wrote 2 years 5 weeks ago

Just a poacher, my apologies Tyler and shameful it died to expose a game thief.

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from Tyler Brantly wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

and now its dead...what a shame.

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Additional Info

UPDATE: After we posted this story on Wednesday, March 7, new information surfaced indicating the angler in question, Paul Crowder, was not in possession of a valid fishing license when he caught what would have been the state-record largemouth bass. He did not disclose this fact to Field & Stream or to the numerous other media outlets that reported on his catch.

In light of this information, state officials have wiped his catch from the record books and Crowder has been brought up on charges.

Steven Hill contacted Crowder and the state Fish and Wildlife Commission on Monday, March 12. Click here for the full update. 

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