Wednesday, March 14, 2007

World's biggest Largemouth Bass?

CARLSBAD, Calif. — "Chaos has broken out."
Well, what do you expect when you notify the media that you boated a potential world-record bass?

That was the story at the home of Mac Weakley, who early this morning caught a mammoth largemouth on tiny Dixon Lake in southern California that he and his longtime fishing partners Mike Winn and Jed Dickerson weighed out at 25.1 pounds on a hand-held digital scale.

If that weight stands up it would shatter what is considered to be the granddaddy of angling records — the 22¼-pound largemouth bass taken in 1932 at Georgia's Montgomery Lake by George Washington Perry.

"I feel good, awesome, in fact," said Weakley, 32, of Carlsbad, Calif, who used a white jig with a skirt and rattle on 15-pound line to boat the brute. "I'm just stoked to see a fish that big."

Claimed by many to be a mark that could never be eclipsed, the largemouth-bass record has become the thing of legends. It's the Joe DiMaggio 56-game hitting streak of the angling world.

"It's simply because there are people who are out there who didn't think a bass can grow to more than 22.25 pounds," said James Hall, editor of Bassmaster magazine. "It's because of how elusive the record has been for so many years."

Fortunately for the naysayers, the fish was documented by anglers with impressive resumes — Weakley and Dickerson each already are officially recognized for boating top-15 bass of all-time at Dixon Lake — and they claim to have witnesses, photo evidence of the catch and video documentation of today's behemoth on the scale.
"There is no smoke and mirrors," Hall said.

Dickerson believes the 25.1-pounder is the exact same fish that vaulted him to the No. 4 spot on The Bassmaster Top 25 list when he caught her on a swimbait May 31, 2003, at Dixon Lake — a drop-in-the-bucket, 72-acre impoundment in San Diego County. He knows this because she has the same distinguishing black beauty mark under her right gill plate. Back then she weighed 21.7 pounds, and quite clearly she still is a big fish in a small lake.

"It's the same fish I caught three years ago," said Dickerson, 33, a casino-industry employee from Oceanside, Calif. "I knew this was a world record before we even weighed it. It's the biggest, most ferocious bass in that lake, guaranteed."

Read the full story at ESPN

Picture courtesy of Marc Weakley

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deerslayer said...

Wow thats one more fish. I don't know how he ever got that one in without it striaghtening the hooks out.

Othmar Vohringer said...

Apparently this is not the first monster largemouth he’s hauled into the boat either.

-Othmar Vohringer-

Kevin C. Paulson said...

Amazing fish and a great story! Very impressive blog! I will drop you a link up on my blog!

Othmar Vohringer said...

Thanks for stopping by Kevin. Thanks for the nice words about by blog and the for the link.
-Othmar Vohringer-

Frank Baron said...

That's sure a beauty!

I'm not going to doubt his word because we ALL know that fishermen never lie but I sure wish he wasn't holding the fish out toward the camera like that. That's a rookie move that most of us outgrow by the time we're 12.

But record or not, it's a heckuva fish. Thanks for posting this Othmar.

Othmar Vohringer said...

Not wanting to take anything away from the lucky fisher and his exceptional achivement, I have to fully agree with you. As a professional fisher he surely could have done better in displaying his “trophy” rather then hold in this amateurish way. The strain on his face from holding the weight of the fish with outstretched arms makes the picture look rather awkward.

-Othmar Vohringer-

Matt said...

Thanks for posting this. I'm even more excited now about fishing season.

Marilyn said...

Hi Othmar, I haven't seen you around AW recently. I'm just wondering about catching these fish. What happens to them? Are they released, eaten, mounted?

Othmar Vohringer said...

Hi Marilyn. Yes it has been while hasn’t it. There was so much going on by us since my dear mother-in-law suddenly passed away and left my wife to deal with so many things to do. Besides my busy work schedule I spend the rest of my time to be there for my wife.

As to your question. Most bass fishers practice catch and release. Especially this big old bass do not taste very nice. The lucky fisher takes as many photos of his catch as possible form different angles with this a good taxidermist will be able to make a very good replica of the fish.

-Othmar Vohringer-

Marilyn said...

Hello Othmar,

Thank you for your answer, I appreciate it! I've always wondered about what happens these fish.

My condolences on the passing on your mother-in-law.


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