World Record Bass Caught in Japan

This catch shatters the previous largemouth bass record

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Talk about a little breaking afternoon excitement. This just in from Japan: the former world record bass (largemouth) catch may have been bested. Here are the first photos.

According to some Internet chatter from California-based website calfishing.com, this bass, caught by angler Manabu Kurita, has already been certified as weighing 22 pounds, 5 ounces.

The fish was supposedly taken from Lake Biwa in Japan, the same lake where a 25-pound bass was reportedly netted earlier this year.

But here's the potential hitch: George Perry's world-record bass weighed in at 22 pounds, 4 ounces. By IGFA rules, any fish under 25 pounds that is a contender for world-record status must top the current world record bass by two ounces. It seems all this bass may do is tie. Stay tuned to F&S.com for more info as it unfolds.

If the weight of this catch is accurate, it wouldn't be the first bass to top Perry's record. Click here to see our coverage of a 25-pounder caught in California 3 years ago.

For now, tell us what you think.

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