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World Record Caught Today

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Steve Foss

Good for him! I just felt better and better the farther I got through that story. If all the supporting testimony and scale testing checks out, I say give him the record. If you have to kill a monster fish to prove it's the record, then screw records. This guy has his heart in the right place — in front of his checkbook.

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Tom Linderholm

Well said ST!

Whether they give it to him or not you cannot get past the fact that that is a HOG.

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cybermuskie

What a PIG!!! grin.gif

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Northlander

Man what a SLOB! That fish was absolutely massive! I bet he is still shaking after that. I cant say I would have done the same thing but Im happy for him that he did. He surely has life/fishing in a great perspective.

Casaloma thanks for that post! Now I can go to sleep and dream of that 33" walleye I always want to catch. Who knows maybe next week on the Rainy River. grin.gif

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Quickstrike

WOW, what a fish! I have a feeling this has controversy written all over it however.

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musky hunter

Incredible fish. And it's still swimming. I think this is pretty neat!

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chaffmj

Wow, after getting introduced to lakers thru the ice this winter now it looks like I should go to Calif for some bass fishing. I hope he gets the record.

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outdoor ran

Each to there own. I'm in favor of seletive harvest but I myself wouldn't let something like that go. The world record LG mouth is worth at least 2 million bucks. Your not going to get a repo unless you want a wood carving. How much spawning you think a fish this old and big can do, I would think its past its prime. What are the odds that the next person who catchs it will throw a couple million dollors back.

He did what he thought was right, good for him.

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Green&Gold

Off topic real quick: Northlander, when are you heading to the Rainy? The "Newlywed" and I are planning a trip next week.

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I'llTakeWhatiCanGet

Thats definitely a monster, it almost doesn't look real. I agree though, I don't think I'd have let that thing go. That article says that he 'boated' the fish, but the picture is of him standing at the dock, maybe he had to pull his boat to shore and beach that big bastard grin.gif

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longcaster

I wonder how many people are going to be fishing that small lake this week with all of the media coverage this story is going to get and big money up for grabs.

Anyone up for a trip to California? grin.gif

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SFBOY

All I have to say to that bass is....

"GIMME BACK MY SON!!!!"

What a freaking pig. That thing looks like it ate a volleyball.

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Northlander

Green n Chunky call me on the cell. Im leaving early Mon morning the 27th and fishing at least threw the 29th.

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ripstick

The bass was snaged as it turns out. The breed came from florida and introducd to texas and calif. the line grows very fast in warm water. Iheard he didnt have a tape measre with. Also I guess people werent surprised, like some were expecting it out of that lake.

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SFBOY

Yeah, they said the same guys had caught it back in 2003. They recocognized a mark on the fish and it was 21lbs back then. Is it hard to catch bass when they are defending a bed? I think I recall ripping lots of smallies off their beds in Sturgeon Bay when I was 12 and didnt know that should be a no no for all fisherman..... unless you are a tournament angler because they know how to handle the fish carefully in their livewells going 80 MPH down a reservoir. Listen to me... if I had seen that fish, I would have tried too, who am kidding.

Alot of those reservoirs out there are stocked with trout. A good greasy diet of trout would help them pack on the pounds. Similar to around here. Lakes that have trout also tend to kick out big northerns or muskies. Makes sense to me at least. Regardless of how it was caught, it was a heck of a fish.

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Quickstrike

If he caught the bass in a boat, I have been wondering how he got it back to the dock and then released it. Most livewells I've seen could not safely hold a 25 lb bass. Heck, most 14 ft boats couldn't fit that thing. shocked.gif

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outdoor ran

Northlander, I'll be up on the Rainy Sat and Sun. Give me a call on Sunday afternoon and I'll let you know where I caught and released your 33"er grin.gif

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Northlander

Randy I will maybe be up there Sun night. Call me on my cell and maybe we can meet up someplace. If you catch my 33"er and release it you better make a mold of it 1st because I will be catching it or one just like it on Monday. wink.gif Man a 33"er and a 31.5"er side by side on the wall would be SWEAT! cool.gif

Looks like we will be timing it just right. 2 buddies up there yesterday and today. 25 yesterday and over 40 today. No biggies yet but they did get a few in the 24-26" range and saw some bigger ones caught.

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river rat316

He was right next to the fishing pier when he caught it, thats why he's on the dock, the three guys that caught this have been hunting for the record fish all there lives, sucks that it was foul hooked, good decision to let it go, hopefully next time there will be no controversy when he catches i9t and its 27 pounds!

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ryman

what a pig!!!!

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Ainokea

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WOW, what a fish! I have a feeling this has controversy written all over it however.


The use of live Trout to catch those big Bass is a pretty common practice in So Cal. But seeing as how the fish was caught sitting on a bed and it was foul hooked, it may have been snagged also. Anyway you look at it though it is a monster of a bass and it's nice to be able to say "is" instead of "was" because he released it. Chances are pretty good it will be caught again. I know one thing for sure, all the local regulars at that little lake are not happy about all the sudden pressure.

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