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
A tournament initiated by the Aurora Bassmasters established a new mark in the history of Canadian bass tournament fishing.
The most sought after record in all of fishing has been broken ... almost. Technically, Manabu Kurita's 22-pound, 4.97-ounce largemouth bass from Japan's Lake Biwa is now tied with a bass nearly 1 ounce lighter caught more than 77 years ago in rural Georgia.
Manabu Kurita told me the truth today about how, when and where he caught the pending world record bass. Every detail.
IGFA receives documentation, photos of pending world record largemouth bass caught in Japan.
In this edition of "Follies, Frauds and Hoaxes" we cover four notable runs at the largemouth bass world record. In the 77 years since George Perry set the bar at 22 pounds, 4 ounces, dozens of anglers have laid claim to a fish that weighed more. None have been able to substantiate their claims; some haven't even tried. Here are a few more of the most notable.
So when Manabu Kurita steps into the spotlight with a bass that reportedly weighs about an ounce more than the existing and frighteningly long-standing record of 22 pounds, 4 ounces, the bass fishing world holds its collective breath in anticipation.
One of those giants came from Florida and was caught by a traveling hardware salesman born in Germany named Frederick Joseph "Fritz" Friebel. Nine years before Perry's catch, Friebel landed a 20-pound, 2-ounce largemouth that could have been given record status before Perry came on the scene.