Last month, a California tournament angler bagged what could be the new world record spotted bass.
On Feb. 22, Keith Bryan of Novato, California and CEO of Powell Rods, ended a team-bass fishing tournament on New Melones Lake in California with a trophy some anglers would consider better than prize money: a potential world record spotted bass.
The monster catch was the star of the fishing tournament, according to Bassmaster.
“They called it the new ‘unofficial’ world record, and I was freaked out,” Bryan told Bassmaster. “I couldn’t stop shaking. The tournament director was screaming.”
That’s probably because Bryan’s catch was as big, if not bigger, than the world record spotted bass. Tournament angler Brian Shishido set that record in 2001 with a 10.48 pound spotted bass. Coincedentally, Bryan’s catch weighed the same on tournament scales.
By the time Bryan weighed the fish on an International Game and Fish Association certified scale for the official record, the fish had lost mass and weighed only 9.91 pounds. Shishido suffered the same fate with his catch in 2001.
“I couldn’t stop shaking. The tournament director was screaming.”
But Bryan is convinced the tournament scale was accurate. He filed a record application with the IGFA, and is waiting for the organization to review the catch. They will investigate the tournament scale, photos of the catch and the tackle Bryan used to catch the unofficial world record spotted bass.
Whether or not he gets the world record, Bryan said he is grateful for the opportunity to catch such a big fish.
“Really though, it’s not about a world record. It’s about the fact that I was lucky enough to be that guy,” Bryan told Bassmaster. “I was that guy that went out and had a great day fishing. How much more fun can a guy have in a sport that he loves?”
Do you think Bryan will take the world record?
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