A World Record Mystery: Was the recently caught potential world-record largemouth featured on the cover of <i>Field & Stream</i>

The cover of the March 2004 issue of Field & Stream, featuring a replica mount of a largmouth bass caught and released by Jed Dickerson in California's Lake Dixon in 2003. The bass currently ranks fourth on the IGFA's list of biggest largemouths ever. Dickerson and his friend, Mac Weakley, believe that this is the same fish Mac snagged three days ago (March 20, 2006), and that could be the new world record.Field & Stream Online Editors
The current 9th-place record largemouth bass, caught in Lake Dixon by Mike Long. The fish weighed 20-pounds, 12-ounces when it was caught in 2001. Long claims that this is the same fish that Jed Dickerson caught two years later in Lake Dixon. However, he also believes that the fish was found floating dead by some trout fishermen a few months later.Field & Stream Online Editors
The 9th-place fish, enlarged to show more detail.Field & Stream Online Editors
Jed Dickerson caught, then released, this 21-pound, 11.2-ounce bass in Lake Dixon in 2003. He and his friend Mac Weakley swear it's the same fish Weakley caught three days ago (March 20th, 2006).Field & Stream Online Editors
A close-up of the fourth-place fish.Field & Stream Online Editors
The potential world record. Mac Weakley snagged this fish in Lake Dixon three days ago (March 20, 2006). He claims it's the same fish his friend Jed Dickerson caught in the same lake two years ago, citing the black, dime-sized spot near the fish's gill plate as evidence. NOTE: None of the pictures we have of the other two bass show this black spot, but that's because those fish aren't being held at an angle in which you would be able to see it. We're currently looking for such photos and will post them immediately if we find them. --The EditorsField & Stream Online Editors
A closeup of the potential world record.Field & Stream Online Editors