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Is This The New World-Record Largemouth?

Is This The New World-Record Largemouth?

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from stumpthumper wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

Dang! That is a pig! Truthfully, I hope it breaks the Perry record, because I think that record is BS.

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from fisherman wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

that is one fat bass

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from fields wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

Thats a big bass!

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from TonyK wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

It's a beauty!

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from Walt Smith wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

The bass is a freak and it looks like the guy that caught it is too!

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from MLH wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

Wow! It's a tie but it's bigger? Strange rules.

Say, are largemouth bass native to Japan? Or did we send them there in exchange for koi?

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from NYhunter wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

strange angler! I think "walt smith" is right! thats ethere one BIG bass or one small person!!!!

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from wheels wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

Are largemouth bass native to Japan?

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from Ethan3 wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

As much as I want the record bass to come from America, it is great to see that. that thing is huge!

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from TonyO wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

Cool-- Bass fishing is facing an Asin Invasion.

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from jnilles119 wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

Any info yet on what he was throwing?

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from muskiemaster wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

That is a massive bass, I can't even see the hands to see if she's holding it out to bad it didn't come from the U.S we would have hear d about it sooner then.

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from CLAY MOSZKOWICZ wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

WOW i thought that the new world record wood come from california.can some body tell me what he was throwing.

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from bustinbass wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

the 25 pound bass caught out of lake dixon in cali is the world record no doubt. but give it time and someone will bust another bass over 22.5 pounds from the great USA

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from Judd McCullum wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

While we in the Midwest are fighting the Silver and Bighead carp, folks in China are having problems with Largemouths. Go Figure.

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from BamaHunter wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

It's being held at arms length out in front of the angler to make it appear bigger. A typical Japanese is also very small statured by our standards. It does , however, have all the visible characteristics of a truly huge bass (bug eyes, etc) Definitely 15 lbs or better. World record? For now, label me suspicious.

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from BamaHunter wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

P.S. It's also the wrong time of the year for bass to be at their heaviest.

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from bustinbass wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

this still aint the biggest bass ever hooked and landed, even though it was foul hooked while sight fishin "dotty" the 25 pound largemouth bass in 2005 came from lake dixon in california. sadly it was found dead not too long ago floating in the lake still weighin an impressive 19 pounds

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from ProMoe wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

I wish there was video of the fight with the fish.

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from senglund wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

That is the fattest fish I've ever seen.

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from TennesseeAngler wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

Was this a catch and release? or did this beautiful giant get mounted on the freaks wall??

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from buckhunter wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

And I was hoping it was going to be a 10 year old kid with a hook, worm and bobber break the world record.

If you look at the photos of the 25 pounder caught a few years back and the photos of this fish there is no comparison. I doubt this fish weighs 20 pounds.

Still one heck of a fish.

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from Elliott Balthazor wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

that's not a fish, that's a hog

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from Skeeb wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

Big dish but it doesn't look like it even tops 20 lbs.

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from rudyglove27 wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

I hope someday I get to catch a big fish like that! Good job of catching it.

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from seadog wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

Record or not, that's one big hawg!

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from fj40nut@yahoo.com wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

That is alot of sushi.

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from 6bluehawk wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

That fish is enormous!

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from delawarebass wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

While this is a great catch and a great moment, the "REAL" world record bass is from Lake Dixon and was 25.1 pounds and every serious trophy hunter who knows Mac Wheatley, Mike Winn and Jed Dickerson, knows this to be true. They are serious, no nonsense guys, who dont fudge around with weights on any bass. They dont have to. I have the entire video of them catching and weighing the real world record on my site right now! I also have the video of this bass from Japan as well as all the photos that aren't here on this site and several articles. In any case, this is a great catch, but it is ashame that it comes from a country where the largemouth is considered a trash fish and they serve it n the menu in the restaurant on Lake Biwa where it was caught. As for George Perys fish being the world record, well, I think that is debateable as well for many reasons which I list on my site in the forums and articles. If you want to take a look at this bass and the real world record, stop in to Delaware Trophy Bass at http://delawaretrophybass.com

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from delawarebass wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

I don't personally beleive that George Perrys bass was 22-4. I think it was around 19 pounds. That is pretty much what they will get to there with that forage base. Sure, I had heard all the arguments about postal employees not risking their jobs, etc.. but I have been alive for 58 years and lived all over the WORLD, so I dismiss that theory on that basis alone. There are guys that would do that.. fudge it a little for a friend, 77 years ago, in the deep south, during bad economic times, for a prize, Just like WAS done for the SMALLMOUTH record!, so.... The chances are very good the World record, which will be a 24 or 25 pound bass..(because they really cant get any bigger than that), no matter what they eat, will come from California or Japan. Just my opinion. Trophy Bass Fishing Photos and Videos http://delawaretrophybass.com

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from jbird wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

Wow! that's a hog! Didn't even know there was largemouth fishing in Japan. Record or not, it's a heckuva lot bigger than anything I've ever caught!

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from dutch22 wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

ok the world record fish did not come from cali, because it was snaged... that is not how the world record should be broken... and this fish from what I understand this fish was caught on live bait... I think there should be two seprate records... one for a man who can catch the fish with a lure and one record for the man who was "watching a bobber" two seprate records... one for live bait and one for the lure...

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from delawarebass wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

I hardly ever use live bait myself, but there are certain times when I do. You really should get some more information from REAL trophy bass hunters before making stupid statements about it. LIVE BAIT is not just watching a bobber.

The time from Ice-Out to the time when the water warms to above fifty degrees can be the prime time to catch a true "TROPHY" bass in almost every area, all over the world. Many of the largest specimens are taken this time of year on "live bait".

In the Northeast, a "trophy" largemouth, is usually a bass that is over five pounds. This will vary from state to state, but some of the largest bass of the year are taken every spring in small to medium sized lakes and ponds all over the world on "live bait." Lakes and ponds of as little as two acres have produced some huge bass over the years, and many of these waters are easily accessed by the public. Most of these waters are underfished because they are overlooked by tournament anglers, and others with larger boats. Most are shallow, with an average depth of four feet, and there are thousands of small bodies of water just waiting to give up the trophy of a lifetime all over the world. Many large bass are taken here in the Northeast every year on spinnerbaits, plastics, and hard baits each year, but some of the largest bass are taken by anglers using live bait. This is well known to anglers in places like Florida, where many of the larger bass feed almost exclusively on shiners. Here in Delaware and Maryland, there are lakes and ponds that consistently give up bass in the seven and eight pound class each year in March and April, when water temperatures are still in the low thirty degree range. These bass are very reluctant to hit most artificial baits, but large live shiners always produce numerous bass in the high end of the trophy class range.

LOCATIONS:

These large females will be staging in the deeper water at the mouths of creeks and shallow bays on the North shore, usually in or near some type of wood structure at first. The other shorelines shouldn't be neglected though, as many of the lakes and ponds are very shallow, and the water temperature remains pretty much the same in most areas of the lake. Many times, structure and proximity to deep water and the spawning grounds are more important. Any areas that contain a hard bottom, relatively few overhanging branches, and some type of wood and vegetation on the North shore, are prime spawning grounds. Most people don't realize that many of the largest bass will go on their beds very early in the year. They start feeding up as the water continues on a steady warming trend from thirty-eight degrees up to about fifty degrees. Once the water reaches fifty degrees and above, and the sun starts to stay out longer and longer, these large females will begin roaming the shallows and looking for food that will build weight and is easy to catch without expending a lot of energy. They will start making beds as early as April, or when the water warms to just fifty-eight to sixty-two degrees. This is the time that large shiners come into play!

BAIT:

Most tackle stores have a variety of sizes available in most areas of the country in regard to live shiners. In the areas where they are not available, you can catch your own with a throw net, but you should practice this technique first, as it is not as easy as it looks. The schools of baitfish can be located using good electronics. They also are abundant in many of the spillways and in the tidal creeks at the slues gates. The best sizes for trophy bass are from four to ten inches. If you want to eliminate most of the bass that are from one to four pounds, and just target bass that are four pounds and above, then the extra large shiners that are from seven to ten inches are the ticket. You need to keep them lively, and try not to vary the water temperature you keep them in by more than plus or minus five degrees, as they die easily from shock. Some chemicals and a good aerated livewell or baitkeeper system will assure that they are lively all day. In areas where it is allowed, "Millroach," or "Golden Shiners," are a very good choice for live bait tactics. Always check with your local state agencies to see what is legal to use for live bait in your areas or particular body of water, as the laws vary from state to state, lake to lake.

TACKLE:

We use baitcasting gear when fishing for trophy bass with live bait. We use a seven foot rod, in medium/heavy to heavy action, in a G.Loomis, St.Croix, or Bass Pro Shops rod. We use a Superbraid line such as Pline or Stren, in a heavy test such as forty or fifty pound test. It has no stretch, and really socks it to them when you set the hook. It is also good when they are near or in heavy cover that can fray or break your line.

We use floats on occasion, but not the plastic kind. The best floats are pencil bobbers made of wood, or the foam type in the large variety. We use balloons almost exclusively when fishing live bait for trophy bass. You just blow up the balloons to the size of a large orange, and tie them directly to the line. We use a small split shot below the balloons to keep them in place. The best size for hooks are a size 1/0 to 2/0 in a good quality brand. Don't skimp on hooks! Most of the time we tie on our own when trophy hunting, and use Gamakatsu hooks in red, but any good quality hook can be used.

WEATHER AND TIMING:

You must be able to brave the elements to catch the really large bass in the early spring. Just because it is raining, or even snowing, and the winds are blowing at twenty to thirty miles per hour, it does not mean that the bass won't hit! Many anglers miss out on this action every year because they don't believe the fish will strike in the bad weather in water that cold, or they just can't drag themselves out on the water in wind chills that are in the teens. This is the most common error people make. Another common belief is that the bass don't hit early as the sun rises, and in most cases it is better a little later in the day, don't think they won't strike in the early hours. It is best to get there early, and stay late. Just dress for the weather, and you will be fine. Get out there early and often, and I guarantee you that you will catch the largest bass of your life this year! We use artificial lures almost exclusively all year, everywhere we go, but we are not afraid to use "live bait" when hunting for trophy bass early in the year. http://delawaretrophybass.com

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from dutch22 wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

You must be completely ignorant… I never said you should not use live bait or that it was ineffective… I said there should be two records… there should be a record for the angler who catches the world record with a lure and a record for the angler who was using live bait… here is an example why… lets say a man is fishing with shiners and he is using a bobber and has his pole sitting out and he goes off to do something and he gets a bite and his wife catches a world record largemouth… I really do not want the record to be broke that way... that is just an example, I know there are other ways to use live bait but that is a possibility… I always have wanted to mount a 10lb bass it has been a dream forever but I want to catch it with a lure because I believe it to be more special and more challenging… for you to entice a lunker large mouth bass with a lure is very hard… I have caught a 9lb bass with plastic frog and did not mount it because it was not 10lbs and I caught a 10 ¼lb bass on a cane pole with a crawfish and did not mount it because I did not catch it… the crawfish did… that is my argument… I want to see a skilled angler break the record with a lure… that is all… and you said fish in Delaware and Maryland a are reluctant to hit lures and only eat shiners… well that is poor angling… a fish should not know the difference between your lure and the real thing so I suggest you Yankee fishermen step your game up… and there is not one angler in the world who believes that fish do not hit early in the morning… what are you even talking about???? The early morning bite is often the most productive of the day…. Saying that, you do stand a better chance of landing a lunker bass in “mid-day” hours but fishing in the morning is almost certain to be action packed…

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from jamesabrt wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

There seems to be more questions than answers about the Japanese largemouth. I'm not a records expert, but does the record fish have to be native to the area it was caught? Another question I have is, can anyone see a hook-mark in the supposedly record fishs' mouth, I can't see one. Also, I don't speak Japanese so I don't know if there was a description of the gear used to land the fish, but in all the video that I've seen, including the video with the angler with the fish in the boat, I didn't see ANY rods. I guess any and all questions will eventually be answered.
I hope this doesn't get my comments cut off, but this has to do with any body of water where anglers think a world record may be lurking.
I live in Houston, Tx. and a lot of what we hear about records has to do with Lake Fork, near Dallas. Not to far from Houston, Lake Conroe was starting to produce some pretty big bass, but all of a sudden all the land around the lake became prime property for multi-million dollar homes, with big Country Clubs set on the banks of the lake. Well the owners of all these big homes decided that they didn't like the hydrilla growing around their docks because they thought it was nasty looking and I guess they didn't like having to clean it off the props on their big cruisers. They convinced the Texas Parks and Wildlife to introduce grass carp, from Japan no less, to clean-out the hydrilla. Of course there was huge opposition from anglers, but money talks, and the carp were put in the lake. TP&W assured anglers that the grass carp that were released were sterile and after eating a lot of the hydrilla they would eventually die-off. Big mistake. They had no idea how to tell the sterile carp from regular carp and thousands off regular carp were dumped into Lake Conroe and within five years, just about every bit of cover in the lake had been eaten by the carp, and without cover, fishing went down the tubes.
Today, after years of anglers catching the carp and leaving them on the bank for scavengers to take care of, Lake Conroe has started coming back, and in the last threee years, I believe there have been quite a few 13lb. and over healthy bass have been landed.
Guess what. The homeowners have went down the same path again and are yelling for grass carp to be re-introduced. I don't know the latest, but I sure hope that Texas Parks and Wildlife learned their lesson, but if enough money hits the table, it'll probably be history repeating itself.
If ANYONE has water that they love to fish on, and if they even hear the words " Sterile Grass Carp ", don't hesitateto get up a coalition to put a stop to the same thing that happened to Lake Conroe from happening to your fishing or there will never be another record Largemouth caught in America.

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from delawarebass wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

I am sure that anyone who follows bass fishing at all knows that the previous world record largemouth bass caught by George Perry 77 years ago, is being challenged by a Japanese angler by the name of Manubu Kurita. The angler is sponsored by Deps Lure company in Japan.

The IGFA, The International Game and Fish Association, is the deciding voice in this whole matter, and everyone is awaiting news from them on the certification.

"I heard about it, but we don't have any details," said Jason Schratwieser, the IGFA's fishing records and conservation director. Schratwieser said the bass would have to be 2 ounces heavier than Perry's catch to establish a new record.

"It will tie it if that's the weight," Schratwieser said, indicating that IGFA rules stipulate that for record fish weighing less than 25 pounds, the replacement record must weigh at least two ounces more than the existing record.

"It looks like the real deal," said San Diego County bass angler Mike Long, recognized as one of the top big bass anglers in the world."The girth looks right. Everything looks right about it" said Ken Duke, senior editor for BASS publications:" It seems closer and more of a real deal than any situation we've seen."

Lake Biwa is Japan's largest lake and covers more than 259 square miles. It's also said to be one of the oldest lakes in the world. It is surrounded by mountains and famous for its scenic environs. Its crystal-clear water is more than 300 feet deep.

The thing about catching this in Japan is that it really goes against the grain of most hard core trophy hunters and bass anglers here in the United States for many reasons other than it wasn't caught in this country.

The first being that we already caught the world record in California a few years ago in Lake Dixon, which was 25.1 pounds, (on videotape), and it was not certified due to a technicallity.

The other thing is that Japan considers largemouth bass to be an invasive species and the bass are taken out and eaten! The restaurant on this particular lake serves largemouth bass on its menu!

And third, after spending thousands of hours fishing for these bass in California with swimbaits and other finesse techniques that require a great deal of patience and skill, to see it caught on live bait would just add fuel to the fire so to speak.

Lake Biwa is Japan's largest lake and covers more than 259 square miles. It's also said to be one of the oldest lakes in the world. It is surrounded by mountains and famous for its scenic environs. Its crystal-clear water is more than 300 feet deep.

In recent years Japanese officials have reacted to concerns by commercial fishermen there and tried to eliminate invasive species from Biwa, and black bass, or largemouth bass, are on that list of invasives. An unconfirmed report indicates that a 25-pound largemouth bass may have been netted by one of the commercial fishermen. The Lake Biwa Museum Restaurant serves largemouth bass on its menu.

The previous Japanese bass record weighed 19.15 pounds and was caught by Kazuya Shimada from Lake Ikehara on April 22, 2003, on a swimbait.

My personal take on this is that this bass was caught on live bait as first stated and when the angler suddenly realized what was happening, and being sponsored by Deps lures, he decided to change his story just a little bit.

This bass will most likely be certified as a tie at a minimum by the IGFA, but I would not take any bets that it will stand for 77 years as did Perry's record!! I think that as soon as the spring arrives in California in 2010, you will see a new world record largemouth come from Lake Dixon, most likely by Mike Long, Mac Wheatly, or Jed Dickerson.

In the meantime, we will just have to wait and see how all this turns out. All the most recent photographs and videos of this bass are available at Delaware Trophy Bass website at http://delawaretrophybass.com
Steve vonBrandt
Sponsored by: GYCB (Yamamoto),Okuma, TTI-Blakemore, and Ambush Lures.
Steve was the owner of a bass fishing Guide Service in Wilmington, Delaware, Anglers Radio in Delaware and New Jersey, and Delaware Tackle in Delaware. He is a tournament angler and freelance outdoor writer. He has over 40 years of fishing experience in the Northeast and California. He has fished lakes, ponds, and rivers from 1962 until the present. His new website offers over 150 bass fishing instructional videos for free at Delaware Trophy Bass.

http://delawaretrophybass.com

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from delawarebass wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

And Dottie wasn't SNAGGED like you make out!! It was nothing more than an accident and he deserves the record pal!! Take a look at the video and read the interview. http://delawaretrophybass.com

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from delawarebass wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

And in sesponse to your last post. You dont know how to read do you?? I live in Delaware and maryland right now. I have fished the world! OI lived in California for 15 years, and I fished Missouri, AZ, and all others as well. My son lives in Kentucky now and I fish there as well. If you took the time to go to my site, read my profile and the articles and take a look around you would not have made such a stupid remark. READ and LOOK around a little before you shoot off your mouth.
Steve 1998 Big Bass World Champ/Hall Of Fame angler/radio host/tournament angler/tackle dealer/video producer/outdoor writer
http://delawaretrophybass.com

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

It's a big fish all right.

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from edburrell377 wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

My older brother who was in the Pacific War against the Japanese - said, Never trust a Japanese - so - instead of keeping the fish alive - they ate it -- yeah - maybe after they had tank fed the fish for years?

Who knows the TRUTH?

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from fisher295 wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THERE WENT EVERY DREAM I EVER HAD!!!!!!!! THANKS A LOT!!!!

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from BamaBoy1 wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

Even if it does break the record, my congrats goes out to them!

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from delawarebass wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

I do You are fools. The bass is real. I have contacts in Japan He is sponsored by Deps. People saw him catch it. I can go on and on. Why dont you just go to my site and do reading if you know how// Geeze you are all ignorant and prejudiced.
http://delawaretrophybass.com

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from delawarebass wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

The fish died on the dock pal. Not that they wouldnt have eaten it anyway if it wasnt a world record, but they actuially tried to keep it alive for publicity. You obviously have never caught really big bass and tried to keep them alive. DO SOME READING before posting and you all wont look so stupid. http://delawaretrophybass.com

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from churro73 wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

that ain't no pig, its a pregnant cow
congratulations

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from ryanrules123 wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

That is a big fish. I wonder what bait she was useing

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from bigjawn wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

Delawarebass, for God's sake, shut up. If the bass is the new record it is. Either way, it's a huge fish. Stop wasting your time pi$$ing on the Perry record. It may or may not be true, but after 77 years, give it the benefit of the doubt. Second, no one asked for your long winded and obvious fishing tips. I don't care if you've fished all over the world or on any other world. This is a forum about a huge fish and whether or not it is a new world record. No one cares how good or bad of a fisherman you are, which brings me to my final point. For the love of God, stop plugging your POS website. No one cares. If someone wants to check out your site, he will. And no one here is ignorant for not reading what some blowhard who likes the way his voice sounds (or looks typed). Anyway, thank you for your time, and in the future try not to be such a condescending d-bag.

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from mobe_45 wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

Doesn't look anything like a 22lb'er. maybe 15. some of the bass in the tanks at bass pro look to be bigger than this one.

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from cdk whitetail wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

Is this bass only 7 3/4 inches long????

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from delawarebass wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

No It isnt Its decimeters Its Japan Yes it does look that big, And if people knew how to read or weren't so slow I wouldnt have to explain it over and over again. Yes They did ask my opinion, you are wrong there also. Wrong on the size, wrong on the measurements, wrong on the opion. If you did the reading forst, you could have just made an intelligent comment. Delawaretrophybass.com

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from delawarebass wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

Oh And thank you for your time as well. And in the future try not to come back. lol

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from delawarebass wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

I'll never forget when Mike Winn turned on the video and let me seethe bass for the first time. I've seen a lot of big bass in 17 years asthe outdoor writer here in the Big Bass Capital of the World, but I'dnever seen a bass like that one. I had my doubts about the catch beforethat, but I became an instant believer after seeing Winn straining tohold the big old bass up.

After spending an hour or so there, I followed Weakley and hisfellow anglers, Jed Dickerson and Mike Winn, back to Dixon Lake. Isnapped a photo of the three anglers sitting on the dock, not far fromwhere Weakley inadvertently foul-hooked the bass.

That snag kept them from pursuing the world record. They didn't goafter it even though Jason Schratwieser of the IGFA explained thatthere is a provision in the rules for a fish that is "inadvertently"foul-hooked.

Had Weakley and his crew followed up on that, and if the IGFA ruledthat the catch was worthy of the record, there would be no discussionabout this Japanese bass.

See how much you DONT KNOW I will never shut up pal. So... Go somewhere else if you dont like it.

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from aragonnapoles wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

World record or not;is really the biggest bass I saw.
Because there aren't photos from Choix Mèxico.

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from dutch22 wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

omg thank you so much bigjawn... I am glad someone wrote something about this guy... delawarebass, No one wants to go to your website, no one needs your fishing tips... and no one needs your advise... so you need to stop fishing and stop blogging and go back to sucking mike winn and jed dickersons junk since that sounds like the only thing you do well... Whoever goes to your website is someone who does not want to learn about fishing and has no respect for themselves... and then maybe I was wrong about saying yankee fishermen need to step thier game up, I should have said you!!!

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from www.hookandbull... wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

This is an exciting debate. First the California bass, and its issues with recognition for the record, and now a new fish caught across the world from here. I expect it will be quite some time before we see a bass top the Perry fish caught on Montgomery Lake in Georgia so many years ago.

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from bigbasser wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

Nice big fish. However, not as big as those that were caught by anglers from California have caught. If you look, there are photos of George Perry's fish as well as those more recently. I live in Florida with no axe to grind, but I have seen 15 pounders that look as big as that.

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from teufelhunden wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

Nice fish and if it qualifies should be named WORLD record.

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from BarkinSpider wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

One word. WOW.

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from ben-78@live.com wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

one word. WOW

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from ohiohunter wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

That is a huge bass but I saw a fish cuaght in the mekong river, which is located in that area and it looked exactly like a record bass but was a different type of fish so it could be faked because the fins on the mekong fish had red tips, but I hope its real. Either way its a good catch.

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from bigbasser wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

My bad,
If this fish is a new world record, then so be it. Congratulations to the winning angler.

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from mark02370 wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

when i see photos of people holding up these huge fish i have to ask myself, "whats keeping their arms from falling off". and yes i'm jealous(lol)

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from delawarebass wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

Hey Dutch and Big Whatever. You are nothing but fools. Post some photos of the fish you caught and a bio of what you have dine or shut up!! Hows that!

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from delawarebass wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

Steve was sponsored by: GYCB (Yamamoto),Okuma, Delaware Tackle, TTI-Blakemore, and Ambush Lures.

Steve was the owner of a bass fishing guide service in Wilmington, Delaware, Anglers Radio, and Delaware Tackle. He is a tournament angler and freelance outdoor writer. He has over 40 years of fishing experience in the Northeast and California. He has fished freshwater and saltwater since 1962, and has devoted to freshwater only since 1989. He has fished tournaments from 1990 until 2006, and won the Delaware State Sportfishing Tournament multiple times, registered a Chain Pickerel in 2000, just a few ounces shy of the state record and a largemouth bass caught in 1999, that was registered in the Bassmaster Lunker Club at 10.16 pounds, just 5 ounces shy of the Delaware State Record. It also appeared in a feature article by the "News Journal" (Gannett Publications), and in all of Bass Pro Shops Master catalogs for 2003. He has worked with Operation Bass in assisting with Red Man Tournaments before they were the BFL, and competed in and won, several different tournaments both local, regional, and national. He was also the 1998 Big Bass World Champ/De. He has been published by numerous magazines, including NAFC/ "THE FISHERMAN" , "Bassin", and many online publications.

He was profiled for fishing achievements in the "News Journal," Gannett Publications/Basin Road/ New Castle DE /Profiled by the "Middletown Transcript" for fishing acheivements in 2001. He is also a contributor the the "N.A.F.C." series of hardback books, and is currently in the processing of publishing his own book, "Bass Fishing The Northeast". He also produced bass fishing videos until retiring in 2006. He was also interviewed by and helped write an article on "Fishing Opportunites in Delaware" by "Delaware Today" magazine, which appeared in the May 2006 issue. He was inducted into the N.A.F.C. "Hall of Fame" in June, 2003, and was a regular guest on radio talk shows, such as "Alex Langers", "Outdoors This Week", and hosted his own radio show worldwide on "Anglers Radio" called "Beyond Bass Basics". He was a featured writer for "Delaware Valley Outdoors" and appeared on several tv shows and radio shows until 2005. He has been chasing giant largemouth bass since 1968, when he landed his first trophy class fish from Becks Pond in Newark, Delaware on a "Harrisons Bass Frog". Since then Steve has landed more than 5,000 trophy largemouth bass from Delaware to California. Steve is a life member of B.A.S.S./N.A.F.C., and is a member of the PAA/ACT/and Anglers Legacy.

The owner of this site and can be contacted at delawarebass@gmail.com with any questions or problems.

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from Pensrud wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

Get angler Manabu Kurita pictured with a Field & Stream hat and then you have yourself a good photo. Man, what a fish. Congrats to Manabu from Foggy City California.

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from dutch22 wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

delawarebass, I am not putting any pictures on here... I have fished and hunted in Oklahoma and Texas my entire life, and I do not need some a$$ kissing, know it all who knows nothing to tell me what to do... and do not call me fool, you have more typos and misspelled words than anyone else on here… The bass in California was snagged; they might as well have netted it… I have seen the video, the bass was not biting and was not going to bite, so he snagged it… so it should not be the world record, so stop saying that…. If that was the case, I should shock the world record bass up, net him and say hey I caught the world record… and besides your stand on that you give the most novice fishing advise I have ever read… that information is useful when you are a child, or an absolutely new fisherman… so your summery is, you have little to no useful information, you can not spell or type, you are an a$$ kisser, you are a poor angler, you believe that you have information or knowledge when you have none (that makes you an idiot) and you are a sad, pathetic, and poor excuse for a human being….

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from bigbasser wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

Geez,
What a bitter response from Dullaware Trophy Bass. I've let go of more 10 lb. bass than you've caught, that's for sure. This is not a business for me, but an enjoyable past time. I could'nt care less for the attention of semi-pro angling world, unlike you. If the new world record bass stands, that's fine with me. It is people like you who make fishing and the internet a bad experience. I still have a right to speak your mind and post a comment. At least, I don't have to hide behind fake credentials. Use your spell check, by the way.

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from bigbasser wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

Sorry, I meant to say "I still have a right to speak my mind and post a comment"

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from coonhunter98 wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

DANG!!!! GONE!!!!!!!! That's a huge Bass

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from delawarebass wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

LOL You dicks are the reason I quit hanging around right wing radical conservatives in the first place. LOL have a nice life.

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from dutch22 wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

what does me being a conservative have anything to do with you not being able to fish and you posting dumb $hit on here???

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from dutch22 wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

what does me being a conservative have anything to do with you not being able to fish and you posting dumb $hit on here???

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from evspence wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

Its belly is so big it looks sick, paint it silver and call it a salmon!!!

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from rabbitpolice88 wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

To tell you the truth I would rather see the record be broken by an American in America.

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from maj1996 wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

thats a nice bass.

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from cverstrate wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

largemouths are not native to Japan- Japan is actually trying to get rid of its largemouth population

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from choicekillschance wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

what!! wait that angler is a dude!!??? are you kidding me. squirrelly lucky bastard. nice fish though. Agreeing with everyone else, c'mon America, step it up. Weakley still has the "HOG"

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from fishboy111 wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

Talk about fat that thing is huge!

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from delawarebass wrote 4 years 37 weeks ago

The latest news is in! It looks as if this bass is going to be disqualified as a new world record largemouth! If everything that is coming out of Japan and ICAST 2009 is true, then this bass will not becertifed as a new world record by the IGFA. It appears as if this bass was caught in an off limits area of the Lake and the IGFA does not accept world records from areas such as this. Will George Perrys recordstill stand?

Looks as though it might, giving a lot of California and Texas bass anglers a new ray of hope. Here we go again. I can't wait to see how this is going to turn out in the next few weeks. I wrote to the Japanese agency responsible for certifying the catch and here is their response as of July 31st, 2009.

UPDATE FROM JAPAN!! 7/31/09

The angler submitted a world record application to Japan Game Fish

Association. We are in the process of checking it; as soon as it is

confirmed of its validity, the application will be forwarded to the IGFA for a

world record. Because it was a very important catch, we need to take

enough time to make sure everything is correct and IGFA-legal.

Best regards,

Tsutomu Wakabayashi

Secretary-General, Japan Game Fish Association (JGFA)

Asahi Bldg. 2F, 1-11-2 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

150-0013 JAPAN

Phone:81-3-5423-6022

Fax. :81-3-5423-6023

E-mail: japan@jgfa.or.jp

The complete story and videos will be available at the main site of Northeast Bass Fishing For Trophy Bass.

**** Note*** You only have 30 days to subit an IGFA application for a world record if its in the United States!, But you have up to 90 Days if its not in the country!** So we may have to wait 50 more days to see whats up with this strange, almost unmarketable world record bass.***!!

Even If this bass is submitted to the I.G.F.A. to be certified, which at this point, I don't think it will be), I really doubt that it will be certified at all even as a tie. Once again, We were doupted by a Mullet wearing, Bleached Blonde headed Elvis Impersonator! Help!! Where's Mike Long and Mac Weakley when you need them. Lets put this baby to bed and get on with a serious record we can all be proud of, and maybe when we do catch the "REAL" world record largemouth, it will not look as if it has a diaper rash!!

The rest of the story is at Northeast Bass Fishing For Trophy Bass

http://delawaretriohybass.com

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from fisherman14 wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

that is a big bass. I think it is a world record no matter what the IGFA says!!!

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from taliaferro24 wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

thats a HOG!

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from BassMan05 wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

man i wish i could catch that that is a hog! i wonder how long it took it to get it in the boat wish it was me reelin it in! well even if it aint a record im amazed ha.

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from chrisgluv wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

that is a huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge bass

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from RobinHood wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

I have held a lot of large bass while fishing and electrofishing, and never have I seen anything like this. Whether it breaks the record or not, a definite tip of the hat to this guy.

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from Garrett Busch wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

That thing is bigger than the guy who caught it.
I am extremly jealous. What did he use to catch it?

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from jhlonewolf wrote 4 years 29 weeks ago

Its kind of sad that we, the U.S. fishing community
seem to have such a hard time acknowledging that
a new world record come from anywhere other than California! The guy from Delaware bashing any one
who's opinion may contradict his.He made such a deal about Japan had bass shipped in because they
were not a native fish, HELLO, the fish these California anglers have been producing so frequently weren't native to California either! They are the result of the state shipping in (FLORIDA STRAIN) bass & the state then spoon feeding their new fish with trout fingerlings.Those of us who are life long residents
of Florida have watched since the late 70's as northern anglers bombarded our state taking 10-18 lb bass like a child would catch a bluegill.They trashed our bass resource to no end, no catch and release,take all they could, it didn't matter it was not there state. Forgive me if I seem a little
bitter and I acknowledge all the truely talented anglers in California but lets be real, their are other places capable of producing a world record fish(Japan?) More power to Manabu Kurita. Before I
close and to respond to Mr. Delaware ahead of time
I too have credentials.Not that it matters but Ive
got 30 years experiance targeting trophy largemouth
strictly from small shallow florida flat ponds.All
of my fishing had to be done either at night or on
the week-ends due to my work schedule.I have caught
and released over 600 bass over 10 lbs with the largest topping the scales at 18.11 lbs. All these
fish were native to my state! Most of these fish were caught on huge worms & I also won a couple bassin magizines state championships.Anyway Delaware don't panic if they certify the Japanese
fish the odds are in those California boy's corner.
Congradulations, good luck, and to those of you like me who just love the sport keep it pure!

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from caseywolf wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

that looks like a chick 2 me

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from delawarebass wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

I broke this story first with no credit. I now have new pictures of this bass as well that DO NOT appear on ANY OTHER SITE. I suppose someone will take credit for this too but if you want to see them and other pictures of giant bass just stop in to Northeast Bass Fishing For Trophy Bass at http://delawaretrophybass.com

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from delawarebass wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

from bassmaster

Manabu Kurita told me the truth today about how, when and where he caught the pending world record bass. Every detail. How do I know it's the truth? I know because Mr. Kurita doesn't care if his fish is certified as a world record or not.

Manabu Kurita fishes in the area where he caught the 22-5 largemouth.

Shy and unassuming, the 33-year-old Kasugai native became hooked on bass fishing 18 years ago.

"I saw a photo of a largemouth bass in a magazine and I was very impressed with how it looked. So, I tried fishing for bass and I became passionate about catching them," Kurita explained.

Kurita's passion takes him to the lake more than 150 times a year. According to his estimations — and those close to him consider the estimates conservative — Kurita annually catches more than 100 bass greater than 8 pounds.

On July 2, 2009, he landed his biggest fish ever (although not the biggest he has hooked). The 22-pound, 5-ounce behemoth ate a live sunfish he had rigged on a 5/0 Fina Power Finesse bait hook.

"I had noticed this big fish swimming around the bridge piling, and I was pretty sure she would eat a bluegill. So, about 11:30 a.m., I went to the bridge piling and cast the bait to the north side. I twitched it a couple of times and the big bass ate it. It was my first cast," Kurita explained.

Kurita showed me the exact spot on the bridge, made the exact cast and explained how surprised he was once he landed the fish.

"I knew it was big, but I did not think it was that big," he admitted.

Using the same techniques as when he caught the potential world record, Kurita landed this 8 1/2-pounder while showing the area to Bassmaster Magazine editor James Hall.

The IGFA has not yet certified Kurita's catch as a world record because of a rule that states a record fish cannot come from a sanctuary or no-fishing zone. The remaining question has been about whether the three marked bridge pilings where he was rumored to have caught the fish are no-fishing zones, and, if they are, was Kurita actually fishing near these three pilings? (The other bridge pilings are not marked, so fishing, anchoring and tying to them is totally legal.)

When I asked Kurita to take me to the exact spot where he caught the bass. He did not hesitate. We drove directly to one of the three marked pilings, confirming the rumors that he caught the fish in an area that was marked: "Do not stop." He could just as easily have taken me to another bridge support, one that would have completely negated the naysayers.

His honesty was refreshing. His motives seemed pure.

However, this supported those who questioned the legality of his catch. Does the "Do not stop" sign suggest, and thereby give authorities, the ability to ticket anglers fishing the marked pilings?

This determination is left to the local police and, ultimately, the Japanese Game Fish Association and the International Game Fish Association.

After my meeting with Kurita, I met with Yoichiro Oguri, president and owner of Popeye, a very popular tackle store chain (Japan's version of Bass Pro Shops). Mr. Oguri is a very well-connected and respected icon in the Japanese fishing industry. During our conversation, I asked if he had a contact within the JGFA, and, if so, could he find out the status of the Kurita world record application.

Mr. Oguri contacted JGFA and found out the delay was because of the fact that they were unsure of the local laws surrounding Biwa's no-fishing zones. Mr. Oguri then contacted the Shiga-Ken Police Department (enforcers of Lake Biwa laws). He asked them if fishing was allowed near the three marked bridge pilings. The answer was "yes." It is illegal to anchor or tie to the bridge pilings, but fishing next to or around them is completely legal.

Kurita broke no laws in the catching of the 22-5.

Mr. Oguri then contacted the chairman of the JGFA and informed him of his findings.

Moments later, the JGFA gave Kurita's catch the thumbs up and sent a letter of support to the IGFA. As of this writing, the IGFA has not yet commented on the status of the record. However, it seems all concerns about the legality of this catch have been answered. It is likely Mr. Kurita's bass will be recognized as the biggest largemouth ever caught.

And if for some reason the IGFA still does not recognize Kurita's accomplishment?

"That's OK," Kurita replied with a shy grin. "I think I might be able to catch a bigger one next year."

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from delawarebass wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

2 weeks later and nothing? What is wrong with the IGFA?? http://delawaretrophybass.com

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from whitetail22 wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

wow that is a huge bass i really don't understand that 2 ounce rule though

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from coho310 wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

Is that one of those freakishly big Florida bass?Looks like it,and if it is,does it count as a record?

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from delawarebass wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

Heres all you need to know all the facts

http://www.delawaretrophybass.com/apps/forums/show/1576261-trophy-bass-f...

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from delawarebass wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

New updates and all the latest information on the World Record Bass. You can even talk with Manabu Kurita at my site. http://www.delawaretrophybass.com/worldrecordbass.htm

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from delawarebass wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

Congratulations to Manabu Kurita on his NEW WORLD RECORD Certified by the IGFA! He is a true trophy hunter dedicated to the pursuit of world record bass like no other. I am proud to say that in the past year he has become one of my closest friends, Another person who helps him a great deal but receives no real credit is Reika Ishaguro who designs his website, communicates his thoughts and wishes to me and others, and also is a great angler in her own right. Manabu and Reika are good friends and you can talk with both of them at my website at Northeast Bass Fishing For Trophy Bass. http://delawaretrophybass.com
Tight lines, and best of luck to all trophy hunters the world over on the next world record. Steve Owner

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from lkh2859 wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

OMG thats a great looking fish wish I'd caught it. LOL

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from codymeyer11 wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

WOW!

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from RANGERMANZ20 wrote 4 years 5 weeks ago

Yep Great Fish, with the same old Hold the fish all the way out then move in and take a picture, if I had to put money on it I would say she goes based off the length from the mouth to the dorsel fin and his size i would go for 14lb to 16lb tops. But they say it was CERTIFIED as being 22-5 ok by who? There is a copy of the world record bass in Roland Martin's Marina Baitshop and it looks alot larger than this, i have seen fish over 15 caught and that is what the fish looks like about 15. But hey if he gets it i wish him the best. And to answer the question Bass was imported into Japan in the 70's.

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from goose buster wrote 3 years 41 weeks ago

gotta love a asain guy with bleached hair and a mullet!

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from trout master wrote 3 years 37 weeks ago

thats a big fish

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from Bass2Buck wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

George Perry is a legend and he deserves that record

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from Andrew88 wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

monster bass

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from Walt Smith wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

The bass is a freak and it looks like the guy that caught it is too!

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from MLH wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

Wow! It's a tie but it's bigger? Strange rules.

Say, are largemouth bass native to Japan? Or did we send them there in exchange for koi?

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from fisherman wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

that is one fat bass

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from muskiemaster wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

That is a massive bass, I can't even see the hands to see if she's holding it out to bad it didn't come from the U.S we would have hear d about it sooner then.

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from Elliott Balthazor wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

that's not a fish, that's a hog

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from www.hookandbull... wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

This is an exciting debate. First the California bass, and its issues with recognition for the record, and now a new fish caught across the world from here. I expect it will be quite some time before we see a bass top the Perry fish caught on Montgomery Lake in Georgia so many years ago.

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from rabbitpolice88 wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

To tell you the truth I would rather see the record be broken by an American in America.

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from fields wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

Thats a big bass!

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from TonyK wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

It's a beauty!

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from NYhunter wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

strange angler! I think "walt smith" is right! thats ethere one BIG bass or one small person!!!!

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from wheels wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

Are largemouth bass native to Japan?

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from TonyO wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

Cool-- Bass fishing is facing an Asin Invasion.

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from jnilles119 wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

Any info yet on what he was throwing?

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from CLAY MOSZKOWICZ wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

WOW i thought that the new world record wood come from california.can some body tell me what he was throwing.

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from bustinbass wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

the 25 pound bass caught out of lake dixon in cali is the world record no doubt. but give it time and someone will bust another bass over 22.5 pounds from the great USA

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from BamaHunter wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

It's being held at arms length out in front of the angler to make it appear bigger. A typical Japanese is also very small statured by our standards. It does , however, have all the visible characteristics of a truly huge bass (bug eyes, etc) Definitely 15 lbs or better. World record? For now, label me suspicious.

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from BamaHunter wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

P.S. It's also the wrong time of the year for bass to be at their heaviest.

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from bustinbass wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

this still aint the biggest bass ever hooked and landed, even though it was foul hooked while sight fishin "dotty" the 25 pound largemouth bass in 2005 came from lake dixon in california. sadly it was found dead not too long ago floating in the lake still weighin an impressive 19 pounds

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from senglund wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

That is the fattest fish I've ever seen.

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from Skeeb wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

Big dish but it doesn't look like it even tops 20 lbs.

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from rudyglove27 wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

I hope someday I get to catch a big fish like that! Good job of catching it.

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from seadog wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

Record or not, that's one big hawg!

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from fj40nut@yahoo.com wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

That is alot of sushi.

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from 6bluehawk wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

That fish is enormous!

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from delawarebass wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

While this is a great catch and a great moment, the "REAL" world record bass is from Lake Dixon and was 25.1 pounds and every serious trophy hunter who knows Mac Wheatley, Mike Winn and Jed Dickerson, knows this to be true. They are serious, no nonsense guys, who dont fudge around with weights on any bass. They dont have to. I have the entire video of them catching and weighing the real world record on my site right now! I also have the video of this bass from Japan as well as all the photos that aren't here on this site and several articles. In any case, this is a great catch, but it is ashame that it comes from a country where the largemouth is considered a trash fish and they serve it n the menu in the restaurant on Lake Biwa where it was caught. As for George Perys fish being the world record, well, I think that is debateable as well for many reasons which I list on my site in the forums and articles. If you want to take a look at this bass and the real world record, stop in to Delaware Trophy Bass at http://delawaretrophybass.com

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from delawarebass wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

I don't personally beleive that George Perrys bass was 22-4. I think it was around 19 pounds. That is pretty much what they will get to there with that forage base. Sure, I had heard all the arguments about postal employees not risking their jobs, etc.. but I have been alive for 58 years and lived all over the WORLD, so I dismiss that theory on that basis alone. There are guys that would do that.. fudge it a little for a friend, 77 years ago, in the deep south, during bad economic times, for a prize, Just like WAS done for the SMALLMOUTH record!, so.... The chances are very good the World record, which will be a 24 or 25 pound bass..(because they really cant get any bigger than that), no matter what they eat, will come from California or Japan. Just my opinion. Trophy Bass Fishing Photos and Videos http://delawaretrophybass.com

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from jbird wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

Wow! that's a hog! Didn't even know there was largemouth fishing in Japan. Record or not, it's a heckuva lot bigger than anything I've ever caught!

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from jamesabrt wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

There seems to be more questions than answers about the Japanese largemouth. I'm not a records expert, but does the record fish have to be native to the area it was caught? Another question I have is, can anyone see a hook-mark in the supposedly record fishs' mouth, I can't see one. Also, I don't speak Japanese so I don't know if there was a description of the gear used to land the fish, but in all the video that I've seen, including the video with the angler with the fish in the boat, I didn't see ANY rods. I guess any and all questions will eventually be answered.
I hope this doesn't get my comments cut off, but this has to do with any body of water where anglers think a world record may be lurking.
I live in Houston, Tx. and a lot of what we hear about records has to do with Lake Fork, near Dallas. Not to far from Houston, Lake Conroe was starting to produce some pretty big bass, but all of a sudden all the land around the lake became prime property for multi-million dollar homes, with big Country Clubs set on the banks of the lake. Well the owners of all these big homes decided that they didn't like the hydrilla growing around their docks because they thought it was nasty looking and I guess they didn't like having to clean it off the props on their big cruisers. They convinced the Texas Parks and Wildlife to introduce grass carp, from Japan no less, to clean-out the hydrilla. Of course there was huge opposition from anglers, but money talks, and the carp were put in the lake. TP&W assured anglers that the grass carp that were released were sterile and after eating a lot of the hydrilla they would eventually die-off. Big mistake. They had no idea how to tell the sterile carp from regular carp and thousands off regular carp were dumped into Lake Conroe and within five years, just about every bit of cover in the lake had been eaten by the carp, and without cover, fishing went down the tubes.
Today, after years of anglers catching the carp and leaving them on the bank for scavengers to take care of, Lake Conroe has started coming back, and in the last threee years, I believe there have been quite a few 13lb. and over healthy bass have been landed.
Guess what. The homeowners have went down the same path again and are yelling for grass carp to be re-introduced. I don't know the latest, but I sure hope that Texas Parks and Wildlife learned their lesson, but if enough money hits the table, it'll probably be history repeating itself.
If ANYONE has water that they love to fish on, and if they even hear the words " Sterile Grass Carp ", don't hesitateto get up a coalition to put a stop to the same thing that happened to Lake Conroe from happening to your fishing or there will never be another record Largemouth caught in America.

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from BamaBoy1 wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

Even if it does break the record, my congrats goes out to them!

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from bigjawn wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

Delawarebass, for God's sake, shut up. If the bass is the new record it is. Either way, it's a huge fish. Stop wasting your time pi$$ing on the Perry record. It may or may not be true, but after 77 years, give it the benefit of the doubt. Second, no one asked for your long winded and obvious fishing tips. I don't care if you've fished all over the world or on any other world. This is a forum about a huge fish and whether or not it is a new world record. No one cares how good or bad of a fisherman you are, which brings me to my final point. For the love of God, stop plugging your POS website. No one cares. If someone wants to check out your site, he will. And no one here is ignorant for not reading what some blowhard who likes the way his voice sounds (or looks typed). Anyway, thank you for your time, and in the future try not to be such a condescending d-bag.

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from aragonnapoles wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

World record or not;is really the biggest bass I saw.
Because there aren't photos from Choix Mèxico.

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from cverstrate wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

largemouths are not native to Japan- Japan is actually trying to get rid of its largemouth population

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from Ethan3 wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

As much as I want the record bass to come from America, it is great to see that. that thing is huge!

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from Judd McCullum wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

While we in the Midwest are fighting the Silver and Bighead carp, folks in China are having problems with Largemouths. Go Figure.

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from ProMoe wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

I wish there was video of the fight with the fish.

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from buckhunter wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

And I was hoping it was going to be a 10 year old kid with a hook, worm and bobber break the world record.

If you look at the photos of the 25 pounder caught a few years back and the photos of this fish there is no comparison. I doubt this fish weighs 20 pounds.

Still one heck of a fish.

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from dutch22 wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

ok the world record fish did not come from cali, because it was snaged... that is not how the world record should be broken... and this fish from what I understand this fish was caught on live bait... I think there should be two seprate records... one for a man who can catch the fish with a lure and one record for the man who was "watching a bobber" two seprate records... one for live bait and one for the lure...

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from delawarebass wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

I hardly ever use live bait myself, but there are certain times when I do. You really should get some more information from REAL trophy bass hunters before making stupid statements about it. LIVE BAIT is not just watching a bobber.

The time from Ice-Out to the time when the water warms to above fifty degrees can be the prime time to catch a true "TROPHY" bass in almost every area, all over the world. Many of the largest specimens are taken this time of year on "live bait".

In the Northeast, a "trophy" largemouth, is usually a bass that is over five pounds. This will vary from state to state, but some of the largest bass of the year are taken every spring in small to medium sized lakes and ponds all over the world on "live bait." Lakes and ponds of as little as two acres have produced some huge bass over the years, and many of these waters are easily accessed by the public. Most of these waters are underfished because they are overlooked by tournament anglers, and others with larger boats. Most are shallow, with an average depth of four feet, and there are thousands of small bodies of water just waiting to give up the trophy of a lifetime all over the world. Many large bass are taken here in the Northeast every year on spinnerbaits, plastics, and hard baits each year, but some of the largest bass are taken by anglers using live bait. This is well known to anglers in places like Florida, where many of the larger bass feed almost exclusively on shiners. Here in Delaware and Maryland, there are lakes and ponds that consistently give up bass in the seven and eight pound class each year in March and April, when water temperatures are still in the low thirty degree range. These bass are very reluctant to hit most artificial baits, but large live shiners always produce numerous bass in the high end of the trophy class range.

LOCATIONS:

These large females will be staging in the deeper water at the mouths of creeks and shallow bays on the North shore, usually in or near some type of wood structure at first. The other shorelines shouldn't be neglected though, as many of the lakes and ponds are very shallow, and the water temperature remains pretty much the same in most areas of the lake. Many times, structure and proximity to deep water and the spawning grounds are more important. Any areas that contain a hard bottom, relatively few overhanging branches, and some type of wood and vegetation on the North shore, are prime spawning grounds. Most people don't realize that many of the largest bass will go on their beds very early in the year. They start feeding up as the water continues on a steady warming trend from thirty-eight degrees up to about fifty degrees. Once the water reaches fifty degrees and above, and the sun starts to stay out longer and longer, these large females will begin roaming the shallows and looking for food that will build weight and is easy to catch without expending a lot of energy. They will start making beds as early as April, or when the water warms to just fifty-eight to sixty-two degrees. This is the time that large shiners come into play!

BAIT:

Most tackle stores have a variety of sizes available in most areas of the country in regard to live shiners. In the areas where they are not available, you can catch your own with a throw net, but you should practice this technique first, as it is not as easy as it looks. The schools of baitfish can be located using good electronics. They also are abundant in many of the spillways and in the tidal creeks at the slues gates. The best sizes for trophy bass are from four to ten inches. If you want to eliminate most of the bass that are from one to four pounds, and just target bass that are four pounds and above, then the extra large shiners that are from seven to ten inches are the ticket. You need to keep them lively, and try not to vary the water temperature you keep them in by more than plus or minus five degrees, as they die easily from shock. Some chemicals and a good aerated livewell or baitkeeper system will assure that they are lively all day. In areas where it is allowed, "Millroach," or "Golden Shiners," are a very good choice for live bait tactics. Always check with your local state agencies to see what is legal to use for live bait in your areas or particular body of water, as the laws vary from state to state, lake to lake.

TACKLE:

We use baitcasting gear when fishing for trophy bass with live bait. We use a seven foot rod, in medium/heavy to heavy action, in a G.Loomis, St.Croix, or Bass Pro Shops rod. We use a Superbraid line such as Pline or Stren, in a heavy test such as forty or fifty pound test. It has no stretch, and really socks it to them when you set the hook. It is also good when they are near or in heavy cover that can fray or break your line.

We use floats on occasion, but not the plastic kind. The best floats are pencil bobbers made of wood, or the foam type in the large variety. We use balloons almost exclusively when fishing live bait for trophy bass. You just blow up the balloons to the size of a large orange, and tie them directly to the line. We use a small split shot below the balloons to keep them in place. The best size for hooks are a size 1/0 to 2/0 in a good quality brand. Don't skimp on hooks! Most of the time we tie on our own when trophy hunting, and use Gamakatsu hooks in red, but any good quality hook can be used.

WEATHER AND TIMING:

You must be able to brave the elements to catch the really large bass in the early spring. Just because it is raining, or even snowing, and the winds are blowing at twenty to thirty miles per hour, it does not mean that the bass won't hit! Many anglers miss out on this action every year because they don't believe the fish will strike in the bad weather in water that cold, or they just can't drag themselves out on the water in wind chills that are in the teens. This is the most common error people make. Another common belief is that the bass don't hit early as the sun rises, and in most cases it is better a little later in the day, don't think they won't strike in the early hours. It is best to get there early, and stay late. Just dress for the weather, and you will be fine. Get out there early and often, and I guarantee you that you will catch the largest bass of your life this year! We use artificial lures almost exclusively all year, everywhere we go, but we are not afraid to use "live bait" when hunting for trophy bass early in the year. http://delawaretrophybass.com

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from delawarebass wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

I am sure that anyone who follows bass fishing at all knows that the previous world record largemouth bass caught by George Perry 77 years ago, is being challenged by a Japanese angler by the name of Manubu Kurita. The angler is sponsored by Deps Lure company in Japan.

The IGFA, The International Game and Fish Association, is the deciding voice in this whole matter, and everyone is awaiting news from them on the certification.

"I heard about it, but we don't have any details," said Jason Schratwieser, the IGFA's fishing records and conservation director. Schratwieser said the bass would have to be 2 ounces heavier than Perry's catch to establish a new record.

"It will tie it if that's the weight," Schratwieser said, indicating that IGFA rules stipulate that for record fish weighing less than 25 pounds, the replacement record must weigh at least two ounces more than the existing record.

"It looks like the real deal," said San Diego County bass angler Mike Long, recognized as one of the top big bass anglers in the world."The girth looks right. Everything looks right about it" said Ken Duke, senior editor for BASS publications:" It seems closer and more of a real deal than any situation we've seen."

Lake Biwa is Japan's largest lake and covers more than 259 square miles. It's also said to be one of the oldest lakes in the world. It is surrounded by mountains and famous for its scenic environs. Its crystal-clear water is more than 300 feet deep.

The thing about catching this in Japan is that it really goes against the grain of most hard core trophy hunters and bass anglers here in the United States for many reasons other than it wasn't caught in this country.

The first being that we already caught the world record in California a few years ago in Lake Dixon, which was 25.1 pounds, (on videotape), and it was not certified due to a technicallity.

The other thing is that Japan considers largemouth bass to be an invasive species and the bass are taken out and eaten! The restaurant on this particular lake serves largemouth bass on its menu!

And third, after spending thousands of hours fishing for these bass in California with swimbaits and other finesse techniques that require a great deal of patience and skill, to see it caught on live bait would just add fuel to the fire so to speak.

Lake Biwa is Japan's largest lake and covers more than 259 square miles. It's also said to be one of the oldest lakes in the world. It is surrounded by mountains and famous for its scenic environs. Its crystal-clear water is more than 300 feet deep.

In recent years Japanese officials have reacted to concerns by commercial fishermen there and tried to eliminate invasive species from Biwa, and black bass, or largemouth bass, are on that list of invasives. An unconfirmed report indicates that a 25-pound largemouth bass may have been netted by one of the commercial fishermen. The Lake Biwa Museum Restaurant serves largemouth bass on its menu.

The previous Japanese bass record weighed 19.15 pounds and was caught by Kazuya Shimada from Lake Ikehara on April 22, 2003, on a swimbait.

My personal take on this is that this bass was caught on live bait as first stated and when the angler suddenly realized what was happening, and being sponsored by Deps lures, he decided to change his story just a little bit.

This bass will most likely be certified as a tie at a minimum by the IGFA, but I would not take any bets that it will stand for 77 years as did Perry's record!! I think that as soon as the spring arrives in California in 2010, you will see a new world record largemouth come from Lake Dixon, most likely by Mike Long, Mac Wheatly, or Jed Dickerson.

In the meantime, we will just have to wait and see how all this turns out. All the most recent photographs and videos of this bass are available at Delaware Trophy Bass website at http://delawaretrophybass.com
Steve vonBrandt
Sponsored by: GYCB (Yamamoto),Okuma, TTI-Blakemore, and Ambush Lures.
Steve was the owner of a bass fishing Guide Service in Wilmington, Delaware, Anglers Radio in Delaware and New Jersey, and Delaware Tackle in Delaware. He is a tournament angler and freelance outdoor writer. He has over 40 years of fishing experience in the Northeast and California. He has fished lakes, ponds, and rivers from 1962 until the present. His new website offers over 150 bass fishing instructional videos for free at Delaware Trophy Bass.

http://delawaretrophybass.com

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from fisher295 wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THERE WENT EVERY DREAM I EVER HAD!!!!!!!! THANKS A LOT!!!!

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from churro73 wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

that ain't no pig, its a pregnant cow
congratulations

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from ryanrules123 wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

That is a big fish. I wonder what bait she was useing

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from delawarebass wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

No It isnt Its decimeters Its Japan Yes it does look that big, And if people knew how to read or weren't so slow I wouldnt have to explain it over and over again. Yes They did ask my opinion, you are wrong there also. Wrong on the size, wrong on the measurements, wrong on the opion. If you did the reading forst, you could have just made an intelligent comment. Delawaretrophybass.com

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from delawarebass wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

Oh And thank you for your time as well. And in the future try not to come back. lol

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from delawarebass wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

I'll never forget when Mike Winn turned on the video and let me seethe bass for the first time. I've seen a lot of big bass in 17 years asthe outdoor writer here in the Big Bass Capital of the World, but I'dnever seen a bass like that one. I had my doubts about the catch beforethat, but I became an instant believer after seeing Winn straining tohold the big old bass up.

After spending an hour or so there, I followed Weakley and hisfellow anglers, Jed Dickerson and Mike Winn, back to Dixon Lake. Isnapped a photo of the three anglers sitting on the dock, not far fromwhere Weakley inadvertently foul-hooked the bass.

That snag kept them from pursuing the world record. They didn't goafter it even though Jason Schratwieser of the IGFA explained thatthere is a provision in the rules for a fish that is "inadvertently"foul-hooked.

Had Weakley and his crew followed up on that, and if the IGFA ruledthat the catch was worthy of the record, there would be no discussionabout this Japanese bass.

See how much you DONT KNOW I will never shut up pal. So... Go somewhere else if you dont like it.

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from dutch22 wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

omg thank you so much bigjawn... I am glad someone wrote something about this guy... delawarebass, No one wants to go to your website, no one needs your fishing tips... and no one needs your advise... so you need to stop fishing and stop blogging and go back to sucking mike winn and jed dickersons junk since that sounds like the only thing you do well... Whoever goes to your website is someone who does not want to learn about fishing and has no respect for themselves... and then maybe I was wrong about saying yankee fishermen need to step thier game up, I should have said you!!!

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from bigbasser wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

Nice big fish. However, not as big as those that were caught by anglers from California have caught. If you look, there are photos of George Perry's fish as well as those more recently. I live in Florida with no axe to grind, but I have seen 15 pounders that look as big as that.

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from teufelhunden wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

Nice fish and if it qualifies should be named WORLD record.

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from BarkinSpider wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

One word. WOW.

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from ben-78@live.com wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

one word. WOW

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from mark02370 wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

when i see photos of people holding up these huge fish i have to ask myself, "whats keeping their arms from falling off". and yes i'm jealous(lol)

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from dutch22 wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

what does me being a conservative have anything to do with you not being able to fish and you posting dumb $hit on here???

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from dutch22 wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

what does me being a conservative have anything to do with you not being able to fish and you posting dumb $hit on here???

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from maj1996 wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

thats a nice bass.

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from choicekillschance wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

what!! wait that angler is a dude!!??? are you kidding me. squirrelly lucky bastard. nice fish though. Agreeing with everyone else, c'mon America, step it up. Weakley still has the "HOG"

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from jhlonewolf wrote 4 years 29 weeks ago

Its kind of sad that we, the U.S. fishing community
seem to have such a hard time acknowledging that
a new world record come from anywhere other than California! The guy from Delaware bashing any one
who's opinion may contradict his.He made such a deal about Japan had bass shipped in because they
were not a native fish, HELLO, the fish these California anglers have been producing so frequently weren't native to California either! They are the result of the state shipping in (FLORIDA STRAIN) bass & the state then spoon feeding their new fish with trout fingerlings.Those of us who are life long residents
of Florida have watched since the late 70's as northern anglers bombarded our state taking 10-18 lb bass like a child would catch a bluegill.They trashed our bass resource to no end, no catch and release,take all they could, it didn't matter it was not there state. Forgive me if I seem a little
bitter and I acknowledge all the truely talented anglers in California but lets be real, their are other places capable of producing a world record fish(Japan?) More power to Manabu Kurita. Before I
close and to respond to Mr. Delaware ahead of time
I too have credentials.Not that it matters but Ive
got 30 years experiance targeting trophy largemouth
strictly from small shallow florida flat ponds.All
of my fishing had to be done either at night or on
the week-ends due to my work schedule.I have caught
and released over 600 bass over 10 lbs with the largest topping the scales at 18.11 lbs. All these
fish were native to my state! Most of these fish were caught on huge worms & I also won a couple bassin magizines state championships.Anyway Delaware don't panic if they certify the Japanese
fish the odds are in those California boy's corner.
Congradulations, good luck, and to those of you like me who just love the sport keep it pure!

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from delawarebass wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

Heres all you need to know all the facts

http://www.delawaretrophybass.com/apps/forums/show/1576261-trophy-bass-f...

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from delawarebass wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

New updates and all the latest information on the World Record Bass. You can even talk with Manabu Kurita at my site. http://www.delawaretrophybass.com/worldrecordbass.htm

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from delawarebass wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

Congratulations to Manabu Kurita on his NEW WORLD RECORD Certified by the IGFA! He is a true trophy hunter dedicated to the pursuit of world record bass like no other. I am proud to say that in the past year he has become one of my closest friends, Another person who helps him a great deal but receives no real credit is Reika Ishaguro who designs his website, communicates his thoughts and wishes to me and others, and also is a great angler in her own right. Manabu and Reika are good friends and you can talk with both of them at my website at Northeast Bass Fishing For Trophy Bass. http://delawaretrophybass.com
Tight lines, and best of luck to all trophy hunters the world over on the next world record. Steve Owner

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from codymeyer11 wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

WOW!

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from Bass2Buck wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

George Perry is a legend and he deserves that record

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from Andrew88 wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

monster bass

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from dutch22 wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

You must be completely ignorant… I never said you should not use live bait or that it was ineffective… I said there should be two records… there should be a record for the angler who catches the world record with a lure and a record for the angler who was using live bait… here is an example why… lets say a man is fishing with shiners and he is using a bobber and has his pole sitting out and he goes off to do something and he gets a bite and his wife catches a world record largemouth… I really do not want the record to be broke that way... that is just an example, I know there are other ways to use live bait but that is a possibility… I always have wanted to mount a 10lb bass it has been a dream forever but I want to catch it with a lure because I believe it to be more special and more challenging… for you to entice a lunker large mouth bass with a lure is very hard… I have caught a 9lb bass with plastic frog and did not mount it because it was not 10lbs and I caught a 10 ¼lb bass on a cane pole with a crawfish and did not mount it because I did not catch it… the crawfish did… that is my argument… I want to see a skilled angler break the record with a lure… that is all… and you said fish in Delaware and Maryland a are reluctant to hit lures and only eat shiners… well that is poor angling… a fish should not know the difference between your lure and the real thing so I suggest you Yankee fishermen step your game up… and there is not one angler in the world who believes that fish do not hit early in the morning… what are you even talking about???? The early morning bite is often the most productive of the day…. Saying that, you do stand a better chance of landing a lunker bass in “mid-day” hours but fishing in the morning is almost certain to be action packed…

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from delawarebass wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

And Dottie wasn't SNAGGED like you make out!! It was nothing more than an accident and he deserves the record pal!! Take a look at the video and read the interview. http://delawaretrophybass.com

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from delawarebass wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

And in sesponse to your last post. You dont know how to read do you?? I live in Delaware and maryland right now. I have fished the world! OI lived in California for 15 years, and I fished Missouri, AZ, and all others as well. My son lives in Kentucky now and I fish there as well. If you took the time to go to my site, read my profile and the articles and take a look around you would not have made such a stupid remark. READ and LOOK around a little before you shoot off your mouth.
Steve 1998 Big Bass World Champ/Hall Of Fame angler/radio host/tournament angler/tackle dealer/video producer/outdoor writer
http://delawaretrophybass.com

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

It's a big fish all right.

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from edburrell377 wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

My older brother who was in the Pacific War against the Japanese - said, Never trust a Japanese - so - instead of keeping the fish alive - they ate it -- yeah - maybe after they had tank fed the fish for years?

Who knows the TRUTH?

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from bigbasser wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

My bad,
If this fish is a new world record, then so be it. Congratulations to the winning angler.

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from delawarebass wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

Steve was sponsored by: GYCB (Yamamoto),Okuma, Delaware Tackle, TTI-Blakemore, and Ambush Lures.

Steve was the owner of a bass fishing guide service in Wilmington, Delaware, Anglers Radio, and Delaware Tackle. He is a tournament angler and freelance outdoor writer. He has over 40 years of fishing experience in the Northeast and California. He has fished freshwater and saltwater since 1962, and has devoted to freshwater only since 1989. He has fished tournaments from 1990 until 2006, and won the Delaware State Sportfishing Tournament multiple times, registered a Chain Pickerel in 2000, just a few ounces shy of the state record and a largemouth bass caught in 1999, that was registered in the Bassmaster Lunker Club at 10.16 pounds, just 5 ounces shy of the Delaware State Record. It also appeared in a feature article by the "News Journal" (Gannett Publications), and in all of Bass Pro Shops Master catalogs for 2003. He has worked with Operation Bass in assisting with Red Man Tournaments before they were the BFL, and competed in and won, several different tournaments both local, regional, and national. He was also the 1998 Big Bass World Champ/De. He has been published by numerous magazines, including NAFC/ "THE FISHERMAN" , "Bassin", and many online publications.

He was profiled for fishing achievements in the "News Journal," Gannett Publications/Basin Road/ New Castle DE /Profiled by the "Middletown Transcript" for fishing acheivements in 2001. He is also a contributor the the "N.A.F.C." series of hardback books, and is currently in the processing of publishing his own book, "Bass Fishing The Northeast". He also produced bass fishing videos until retiring in 2006. He was also interviewed by and helped write an article on "Fishing Opportunites in Delaware" by "Delaware Today" magazine, which appeared in the May 2006 issue. He was inducted into the N.A.F.C. "Hall of Fame" in June, 2003, and was a regular guest on radio talk shows, such as "Alex Langers", "Outdoors This Week", and hosted his own radio show worldwide on "Anglers Radio" called "Beyond Bass Basics". He was a featured writer for "Delaware Valley Outdoors" and appeared on several tv shows and radio shows until 2005. He has been chasing giant largemouth bass since 1968, when he landed his first trophy class fish from Becks Pond in Newark, Delaware on a "Harrisons Bass Frog". Since then Steve has landed more than 5,000 trophy largemouth bass from Delaware to California. Steve is a life member of B.A.S.S./N.A.F.C., and is a member of the PAA/ACT/and Anglers Legacy.

The owner of this site and can be contacted at delawarebass@gmail.com with any questions or problems.

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from Pensrud wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

Get angler Manabu Kurita pictured with a Field & Stream hat and then you have yourself a good photo. Man, what a fish. Congrats to Manabu from Foggy City California.

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from dutch22 wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

delawarebass, I am not putting any pictures on here... I have fished and hunted in Oklahoma and Texas my entire life, and I do not need some a$$ kissing, know it all who knows nothing to tell me what to do... and do not call me fool, you have more typos and misspelled words than anyone else on here… The bass in California was snagged; they might as well have netted it… I have seen the video, the bass was not biting and was not going to bite, so he snagged it… so it should not be the world record, so stop saying that…. If that was the case, I should shock the world record bass up, net him and say hey I caught the world record… and besides your stand on that you give the most novice fishing advise I have ever read… that information is useful when you are a child, or an absolutely new fisherman… so your summery is, you have little to no useful information, you can not spell or type, you are an a$$ kisser, you are a poor angler, you believe that you have information or knowledge when you have none (that makes you an idiot) and you are a sad, pathetic, and poor excuse for a human being….

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from bigbasser wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

Geez,
What a bitter response from Dullaware Trophy Bass. I've let go of more 10 lb. bass than you've caught, that's for sure. This is not a business for me, but an enjoyable past time. I could'nt care less for the attention of semi-pro angling world, unlike you. If the new world record bass stands, that's fine with me. It is people like you who make fishing and the internet a bad experience. I still have a right to speak your mind and post a comment. At least, I don't have to hide behind fake credentials. Use your spell check, by the way.

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from bigbasser wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

Sorry, I meant to say "I still have a right to speak my mind and post a comment"

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from coonhunter98 wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

DANG!!!! GONE!!!!!!!! That's a huge Bass

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from delawarebass wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

LOL You dicks are the reason I quit hanging around right wing radical conservatives in the first place. LOL have a nice life.

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from evspence wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

Its belly is so big it looks sick, paint it silver and call it a salmon!!!

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from fishboy111 wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

Talk about fat that thing is huge!

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from fisherman14 wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

that is a big bass. I think it is a world record no matter what the IGFA says!!!

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from taliaferro24 wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

thats a HOG!

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from BassMan05 wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

man i wish i could catch that that is a hog! i wonder how long it took it to get it in the boat wish it was me reelin it in! well even if it aint a record im amazed ha.

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from chrisgluv wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

that is a huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge bass

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from RobinHood wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

I have held a lot of large bass while fishing and electrofishing, and never have I seen anything like this. Whether it breaks the record or not, a definite tip of the hat to this guy.

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from Garrett Busch wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

That thing is bigger than the guy who caught it.
I am extremly jealous. What did he use to catch it?

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from caseywolf wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

that looks like a chick 2 me

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from delawarebass wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

I broke this story first with no credit. I now have new pictures of this bass as well that DO NOT appear on ANY OTHER SITE. I suppose someone will take credit for this too but if you want to see them and other pictures of giant bass just stop in to Northeast Bass Fishing For Trophy Bass at http://delawaretrophybass.com

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from delawarebass wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

from bassmaster

Manabu Kurita told me the truth today about how, when and where he caught the pending world record bass. Every detail. How do I know it's the truth? I know because Mr. Kurita doesn't care if his fish is certified as a world record or not.

Manabu Kurita fishes in the area where he caught the 22-5 largemouth.

Shy and unassuming, the 33-year-old Kasugai native became hooked on bass fishing 18 years ago.

"I saw a photo of a largemouth bass in a magazine and I was very impressed with how it looked. So, I tried fishing for bass and I became passionate about catching them," Kurita explained.

Kurita's passion takes him to the lake more than 150 times a year. According to his estimations — and those close to him consider the estimates conservative — Kurita annually catches more than 100 bass greater than 8 pounds.

On July 2, 2009, he landed his biggest fish ever (although not the biggest he has hooked). The 22-pound, 5-ounce behemoth ate a live sunfish he had rigged on a 5/0 Fina Power Finesse bait hook.

"I had noticed this big fish swimming around the bridge piling, and I was pretty sure she would eat a bluegill. So, about 11:30 a.m., I went to the bridge piling and cast the bait to the north side. I twitched it a couple of times and the big bass ate it. It was my first cast," Kurita explained.

Kurita showed me the exact spot on the bridge, made the exact cast and explained how surprised he was once he landed the fish.

"I knew it was big, but I did not think it was that big," he admitted.

Using the same techniques as when he caught the potential world record, Kurita landed this 8 1/2-pounder while showing the area to Bassmaster Magazine editor James Hall.

The IGFA has not yet certified Kurita's catch as a world record because of a rule that states a record fish cannot come from a sanctuary or no-fishing zone. The remaining question has been about whether the three marked bridge pilings where he was rumored to have caught the fish are no-fishing zones, and, if they are, was Kurita actually fishing near these three pilings? (The other bridge pilings are not marked, so fishing, anchoring and tying to them is totally legal.)

When I asked Kurita to take me to the exact spot where he caught the bass. He did not hesitate. We drove directly to one of the three marked pilings, confirming the rumors that he caught the fish in an area that was marked: "Do not stop." He could just as easily have taken me to another bridge support, one that would have completely negated the naysayers.

His honesty was refreshing. His motives seemed pure.

However, this supported those who questioned the legality of his catch. Does the "Do not stop" sign suggest, and thereby give authorities, the ability to ticket anglers fishing the marked pilings?

This determination is left to the local police and, ultimately, the Japanese Game Fish Association and the International Game Fish Association.

After my meeting with Kurita, I met with Yoichiro Oguri, president and owner of Popeye, a very popular tackle store chain (Japan's version of Bass Pro Shops). Mr. Oguri is a very well-connected and respected icon in the Japanese fishing industry. During our conversation, I asked if he had a contact within the JGFA, and, if so, could he find out the status of the Kurita world record application.

Mr. Oguri contacted JGFA and found out the delay was because of the fact that they were unsure of the local laws surrounding Biwa's no-fishing zones. Mr. Oguri then contacted the Shiga-Ken Police Department (enforcers of Lake Biwa laws). He asked them if fishing was allowed near the three marked bridge pilings. The answer was "yes." It is illegal to anchor or tie to the bridge pilings, but fishing next to or around them is completely legal.

Kurita broke no laws in the catching of the 22-5.

Mr. Oguri then contacted the chairman of the JGFA and informed him of his findings.

Moments later, the JGFA gave Kurita's catch the thumbs up and sent a letter of support to the IGFA. As of this writing, the IGFA has not yet commented on the status of the record. However, it seems all concerns about the legality of this catch have been answered. It is likely Mr. Kurita's bass will be recognized as the biggest largemouth ever caught.

And if for some reason the IGFA still does not recognize Kurita's accomplishment?

"That's OK," Kurita replied with a shy grin. "I think I might be able to catch a bigger one next year."

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from delawarebass wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

2 weeks later and nothing? What is wrong with the IGFA?? http://delawaretrophybass.com

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from whitetail22 wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

wow that is a huge bass i really don't understand that 2 ounce rule though

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from lkh2859 wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

OMG thats a great looking fish wish I'd caught it. LOL

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from RANGERMANZ20 wrote 4 years 5 weeks ago

Yep Great Fish, with the same old Hold the fish all the way out then move in and take a picture, if I had to put money on it I would say she goes based off the length from the mouth to the dorsel fin and his size i would go for 14lb to 16lb tops. But they say it was CERTIFIED as being 22-5 ok by who? There is a copy of the world record bass in Roland Martin's Marina Baitshop and it looks alot larger than this, i have seen fish over 15 caught and that is what the fish looks like about 15. But hey if he gets it i wish him the best. And to answer the question Bass was imported into Japan in the 70's.

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from goose buster wrote 3 years 41 weeks ago

gotta love a asain guy with bleached hair and a mullet!

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from trout master wrote 3 years 37 weeks ago

thats a big fish

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from TennesseeAngler wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

Was this a catch and release? or did this beautiful giant get mounted on the freaks wall??

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from cdk whitetail wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

Is this bass only 7 3/4 inches long????

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from ohiohunter wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

That is a huge bass but I saw a fish cuaght in the mekong river, which is located in that area and it looked exactly like a record bass but was a different type of fish so it could be faked because the fins on the mekong fish had red tips, but I hope its real. Either way its a good catch.

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from delawarebass wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

Hey Dutch and Big Whatever. You are nothing but fools. Post some photos of the fish you caught and a bio of what you have dine or shut up!! Hows that!

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from delawarebass wrote 4 years 37 weeks ago

The latest news is in! It looks as if this bass is going to be disqualified as a new world record largemouth! If everything that is coming out of Japan and ICAST 2009 is true, then this bass will not becertifed as a new world record by the IGFA. It appears as if this bass was caught in an off limits area of the Lake and the IGFA does not accept world records from areas such as this. Will George Perrys recordstill stand?

Looks as though it might, giving a lot of California and Texas bass anglers a new ray of hope. Here we go again. I can't wait to see how this is going to turn out in the next few weeks. I wrote to the Japanese agency responsible for certifying the catch and here is their response as of July 31st, 2009.

UPDATE FROM JAPAN!! 7/31/09

The angler submitted a world record application to Japan Game Fish

Association. We are in the process of checking it; as soon as it is

confirmed of its validity, the application will be forwarded to the IGFA for a

world record. Because it was a very important catch, we need to take

enough time to make sure everything is correct and IGFA-legal.

Best regards,

Tsutomu Wakabayashi

Secretary-General, Japan Game Fish Association (JGFA)

Asahi Bldg. 2F, 1-11-2 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

150-0013 JAPAN

Phone:81-3-5423-6022

Fax. :81-3-5423-6023

E-mail: japan@jgfa.or.jp

The complete story and videos will be available at the main site of Northeast Bass Fishing For Trophy Bass.

**** Note*** You only have 30 days to subit an IGFA application for a world record if its in the United States!, But you have up to 90 Days if its not in the country!** So we may have to wait 50 more days to see whats up with this strange, almost unmarketable world record bass.***!!

Even If this bass is submitted to the I.G.F.A. to be certified, which at this point, I don't think it will be), I really doubt that it will be certified at all even as a tie. Once again, We were doupted by a Mullet wearing, Bleached Blonde headed Elvis Impersonator! Help!! Where's Mike Long and Mac Weakley when you need them. Lets put this baby to bed and get on with a serious record we can all be proud of, and maybe when we do catch the "REAL" world record largemouth, it will not look as if it has a diaper rash!!

The rest of the story is at Northeast Bass Fishing For Trophy Bass

http://delawaretriohybass.com

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from coho310 wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

Is that one of those freakishly big Florida bass?Looks like it,and if it is,does it count as a record?

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from delawarebass wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

I do You are fools. The bass is real. I have contacts in Japan He is sponsored by Deps. People saw him catch it. I can go on and on. Why dont you just go to my site and do reading if you know how// Geeze you are all ignorant and prejudiced.
http://delawaretrophybass.com

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from delawarebass wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

The fish died on the dock pal. Not that they wouldnt have eaten it anyway if it wasnt a world record, but they actuially tried to keep it alive for publicity. You obviously have never caught really big bass and tried to keep them alive. DO SOME READING before posting and you all wont look so stupid. http://delawaretrophybass.com

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from mobe_45 wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

Doesn't look anything like a 22lb'er. maybe 15. some of the bass in the tanks at bass pro look to be bigger than this one.

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from stumpthumper wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

Dang! That is a pig! Truthfully, I hope it breaks the Perry record, because I think that record is BS.

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Just in from Japan: a new world-record largemouth may have been bested in Lake Biwa.