The Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency has just confirmed that there is a new Tennessee largemouth bass record in the state.
The Tennessee largemouth bass record has stood since 1954. Angler Gabe Keen from Campbell County Tennessee broke that longstanding record by catching a 15.2-pound largemouth bass shortly before noon on Friday. Apparently Friday the 13th is not so unlucky after all.
One of the more interesting parts to this story is that Mr. Keen is not just an angler but also a teacher. In fact, he coaches the high school fishing team in addition to his teaching duties. His students are probably just about as excited as he is.
While a lot of people give up on fishing in the winter and instead opt to wait for the warmer weather of spring, Mr. Keen’s catch just goes to show that knowledgeable anglers can still have successful days out on the water this time of year. You may even catch a monster bass. Mr. Keen has some interesting things to say about the fishery.
Tennessee began stocking Florida strain largemouth in Chickamauga lake over the last several years and it looks like that might be starting to pay off. Mr. Keen seems to think that there are even larger fish out there in Chickamauga Lake so I’m sure that a lot of people will be out fishing, hoping to catch one even larger.
The Tennessee largemouth bass record has stood for so long that it is difficult to think of it being broken again any time soon, but if you plan to try, consider Chickamauga as a great option.