10-10 is new Delaware record

The first state has a new first bass!

James D. Hitchens
Delaware Department of Natural Resources
James D. Hitchens poses with his new Delaware state record largemouth bass just before releasing her into the pond from which she was caught.

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Ken Duke

Ken Duke

Ken Duke is the Managing Editor of Fishing Tackle Retailer and the author of two books on bass fishing. Follow him on Twitter @thinkbass.

James D. Hitchens of Georgetown, Del., did two great things on March 22, 2012. First, he caught a 10-pound, 10-ounce largemouth bass, setting a new state record for the species in Delaware. Second, he released her to spawn and perhaps be caught again.

Hitchens was fishing a Sussex County pond with a live shiner when the bass struck. The big female was 26 inches long and 18 3/4 inches in girth. For more on the story, click here.

The previous state record largemouth was caught by Tony Kaczmarczyk in 1980. Delaware's smallmouth record weighed 4-15.5 and was caught in 1989. Six state record largemouths weigh less than 10 pounds.

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