What's the next best thing to a world record largemouth, smallmouth or spot? How about a state record! Benny Williams Jr. got the job done last week.
On Tuesday, Paul Crowder of Forrest City, Ark., set the new largemouth bass state record with a 16-pound, 5-ounce bass on Lake Dunn near Wynne.
In the 79 years since George Perry caught his 22-pound, 4-ounce largemouth, there have been several claims to usurp the top spot. It wasn't until July 2, 2009 — with Manabu Kurita's 22-5 — that anyone could fairly claim a better fish. Here are a few of the most memorable claims that fell very, very short.
With so many people preferring to release their fish — even their record-class fish — it only makes sense to create a record classification for fish length.
The final stop on the Manabu Kurita world record bass tour came Feb. 24 in South Georgia. The Japanese angler who tied George Perry's longstanding world record visited the waters where history was made in 1932.
Located in the Panhandle Plains Region, O.H. Ivie Lake covers some 19,000 acres and is home to some of the bigger bass in our country. It's also the favorite fishing spot of 11-year-old Andy Ortega, holder of the Texas State Catch and Release Record Largemouth Bass (length) -- youth and adult.
Have you ever seen a 22-pound, 4.97-ounce largemouth bass? Few have, but you can join their ranks by attending the 2011 Bassmaster Classic in New Orleans, La., and stopping by the Yamaha booth at the Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo presented by Dick's Sporting Goods.
Eleven-year-old Conner Peitsmeyer made the most of his new rod and reel while fishing with his father on a cold morning in November at Aurora Reservoir.
Alabama gave California a real gift when Coosa River spotted bass were transplanted to the Golden State. The Alabama fish adapted to their new surroundings nicely, making it "Sweet Home California."
Manubu Kurita wins a Big Bass trophy with is record tying catch