It’s the most highly-coveted record in fishing… the world record largemouth bass. Break the world’s mark and fame and fortune will be yours. Here’s a list of the top 5 biggest largemouth bass every caught…
1: The Beast from the East (22.311 Pounds)
Caught in 2009 by Manabu Kurita in Japan’s Lake Biwa, this beast, by weight, is heavier than the long standing record set by George Perry in 1932. However, since Kurita’s fish only weighed just slightly over an ounce more than Perry’s, by rule the IGFA declared it a two-way tie for the heaviest bass ever landed.
2: The Ol’ Classic (22.25 Pounds)
Not long after George Perry caught his world record bass in Georgia’s Montgomery Lake in 1932, he ate it with his family. Too bad that was in the days before high res cameras in iPhones…This photo didn’t surface until decades after the catch.
3: The Near Miss (22.063 Pounds)
On March 12, 1991 Big Bass guru and record chaser, Bob Crupi came about as close to glory as you can with his monster momma from Castaic Lake that was mere ounces shy of the all-time mark. He was a master of the technique of fishing live crawdads from a boat with two anchors holding it in place.
4: Castaic Leviathan (21.75 ounces)
Just five days prior to Crupi’s third biggest bass of all time, Michael Arujo caught a hawg of a largemouth that was just a tad smaller that Crupis’…on the same lake! At that point, all eyes were on Southern California, expecting a new record to be caught at Castaic on any given day. It was the epicenter of the record hunt back then.
5: Dickerson’s Dixon Delight (21.688 ounces)
Tiny Dixon Lake became of the universe for extreme trophy hunters from 2000 to 2008, when it pumped out impressive numbers of jumbo bass. Jed Dickerson caught his 21.68 pounder in May of 2003.
In March 2006, Mac Weakley caught Dixon’s famous resident giant, Dottie, which pulled the scales down to 25.1 pounds. Unfortunately, the record bass was foul hooked and promptly released after a quick photo session…Dottie passed away of old age three years later.
Then there’s the 24 pounder that was caught by Paul Duclos on March 1, 1997 from Spring Lake in Northern California. Duclos weighed his fish on a bathroom scale and then released it.
An alleged 22 pounder was also taken from Spring Lake in 2008 by Leaha Trew but was never officially recognized by IGFA.