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Wisc. Angler Catches Smallmouth Bass of a Lifetime [VIDEO]

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This huge smallmouth bass could be the biggest in the state’s history.

Angler Ben Royce recently caught and released the monster bass while fishing with his friend pro angler Eric Haataja on an unnamed lake near Milwaukee.

The 24-inch-long fish had a 20-inch girth and weighed an estimated 9.6-pounds, surpassing the current 9.1-pound state record smallmouth bass.

RELATED: A New York angler recently caught a striped bass that’s the second biggest freshwater catch in state history.

Royce caught the beastly smallmouth bass using a Berkley Havoc Sick Fish on an Abu Garcia Veracity rod.

Haataja was gathering footage for his social media channels when Royce hooked the smallmouth bass. Watch the catch in the video below.

When he’s not bagging record-smashing bass, Royce works as a pro-staff and handles event marketing for Plano Synergy.

You may recognize his friend Haataja from some of our other fishing articles. We’ve shared a few of his great fishing videos in the past. He works as a full-time fishing guide in the Milwaukee area.

Are you fired up for some fishing this weekend? Maybe you’ll catch one of these monsters. Be sure to let us know if you do.

What’s the biggest smallmouth bass that you’ve caught?

Featured image via Outdoorlife.com/Eric Haataja

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Wisc. Angler Catches Smallmouth Bass of a Lifetime [VIDEO]