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World's Largest Largemouth Bass Caught In Dixon Lake

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By Jeremy Henricks
3/21/2006
   


On March 20th, 2006, Mac Weakley of Carlsbad, CA, fishing wi
th longtime friends Mike Winn and Jed Dickerson, seemingly bested the world-record bass of 22-pound, 4-ounce by landing a 25-pound, 1-ounce monster. Caught from southern California's famed Dixon Lake, there's only one problem with this otherwise great catch...it was foul-hooked.

Using a Bob Sangster handmade white rattlesnake jig on 15-pound P-Line monofilament, Weakley was fishing off the bass' spawning bed when he unintentionally snagged the fish on the side, about 3 inches behind the dorsal fin. The real catch in this story is that the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) may or may not recognize the fish.

While state regulations indicate that a fish must voluntarily take the bait in its mouth, the IGFA only states that "intentionally" foul-hooking a fish will disqualify a catch. Several witnesses have stated that the fish was not snagged intentionally. However, another twist in this story is that the fish wasn't weighed on certified scales, which may further complicate matters.

Knowing the rules on foul-hooking, Weakley also tossed the fish back, but not before snapping several photos and videotaping the fish. For now, it's still questionable as to what the IGFA plans to do, and so far they're not talking, except to say that they'll review it if submitted.

Of course, all of this depends on whether or not Weakley decides to pursue the record.

My suggestion–if you're ever around Dixon Lake–is that you grab your pole and start fishing. You never know, you may be the next angler to catch this monster bass, bringing you instant fame and countless endorsements. Just remember to properly catch and record your catch according to state regulations and IGFA rules.

Catch Of A Lifetime

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Angler Scott Duclos of Santa Rosa, CA, caught the fish of a lifetime on March 1, 1997.

Duclos landed a potential world record Largemouth bass on 75 acre Spring Lake, on the outskirts of Santa Rosa. The problem is, he released it without getting official measurements and other pertinent information.

When Duclos landed the fish he called his wife at home and had her bring the bathroom scales to the lake. They weighed the fish on the scales, and it weighed an even 24 lbs. This is where the story becomes cloudy. Duclos took photographs of the trophy fish and then released it back to the lake.

Duclos claimed that he thought the world record was in the 27 lb. range, and told reporter Terry Knight of the Lake County Record Bee that he had never killed a fish before and he didn't plan to start with this one.

Knight, who has interviewed Duclos extensively, says that he has had a number of photo experts Examine the photo and that they estimated the fish to be approximately 29-31 inches in length. They estimated the girth of the fish to be approximately 29-30 inches.

In comparison to the current world record of George W. Perry, this fish definitely stacks up. Perry's Bass was caught in 1932 at Montgomery Lake Georgia. This behemoth bass weighed 22 lb. 4 oz. had a length of 32 1/2 in. And the girth was 28 1/2 in.

No one is quite sure what will happen with this monster bass. That remains up to the California Department of Natural Resources and the International Game Fish Association.

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