- at Cuba's mysterious Treasure Lake, where a 33-pounder was reportedly speared by a native
- at 75-acre Spring Lake near Santa Rosa, California, where angler Scott Duclos gained the cover of Outdoor Life in 1997 with a "24-pounder" he weighed on a bathroom scale and released
- at Zimbabwe's Hippo Valley Lake, where anglers reportedly have found 24-pounders-all floaters
- at the Mexican-lake-of-the-year that turns up every spring with testimonials about swarms of 25-pound bass lost by writers and guides-who were guests of the lodge. But no one has been able to actually catch a certifiable record, to lay that hawg on a scale for all to see. Skeptics say Mother Nature is sending a message to the world's anglers, telling them the lack of a new record means this species has simply reached its limits.