The International Angler, the newsletter of the International Game Fish Association, reports that a 22 1/2-pound largemouth bass was caught and released from tiny Spring Lake near Santa Rosa in late August.
Did anyone hear about this? A world record class bass was caught and it wasn't on front pages of every bass publication in the nation? Amazing.
The IGFA says the fish was weighed on a hand scale and photographed before being released. This would, could be a new world record for Leah Trew of Santa Rosa, toppling George Perry's 1932 record catch of 22-pounds, four-ounces. But there is something deja vu in all this. Spring Lake is the same water where another Santa Rosa resident, Paul Duclos, caught a 24-poundish largemouth and released it after weighing it on a bathroom scale. His record application was denied. The same fish was reportedly caught by a fly-fisherman, photographed, and released before Duclos caught it..
Will someone at Spring Lake please keep that monster bass, conk it on the head, and weigh it on a certified scale. We can then scratch George Perry's name off the top of that list once and for all and have a world record fish fry.
Where is Spring Lake anyways? I'm there!
P.S. That is why every bass fisherman should read this article:
That fish was worth MILLIONS!!!!!
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