News Flash: World-Record Bass Update: Perry’s mark safe as Weakley decides not to submit giant catch to IGFA

Since Monday, when Mac Weakley’s already famous foul-hooked fish tilted the piscatorial cosmic balance by registering 25-plus pounds on a digital scale, the would-be world-record largemouth has made national and international news--and sparked a firestorm of controversy. Now, according to today’s San Diego Union Tribune, the man who says he landed the world’s largest bass has had enough of the hyped headlines, on-line polls, and chat-room debates that have ensued. As a result, Weakley has decided not to submit the enormous Dixon Lake sow as a world record to the IGFA, despite new information from that organization’s conservation director Jason Schratwieser indicating that Weakley’s failure to take length and girth measurements would not necessarily disqualify his catch if photos and video substantiated the bass' size.

Here’s what Weakley told Tribune reporter Ed Zieralski:

“It seems 50 percent (of the public) feel it should stand as a record and 50 percent say it shouldn't. That's why Jed (Dickerson), Mike (Winn) and I have decided not to submit it as a world record to the IGFA. We don't want to go out breaking the record with so many people doubting it. We want it to be 100 percent – or more realistically 90 percent – being behind it with no controversy. We plan to be back with a world record bass everyone will get behind.”

Weakley's esimation of public support, by the way, falls almost perfectly in line with our poll at the bottom left of the homepage. Click here and vote to see the results.