What. A. Behemoth.
That thing is a giant. I would love to have the pleasure of hooking into something like that.
Fishing for largemouth bass is a favorite pastime for many anglers around the world. These freshwater game fish are known for their fight and the thrill of catching them.
Largemouth bass are native to North America and can be found in many waterways across the continent, from Canada down to Mexico. They have also been introduced to other parts of the world, including Japan, South Africa, Australia, and many European countries.
Largemouth bass can grow to impressive sizes, with the longstanding world record being a 22-pound, 4-ounce fish caught in Georgia back in 1932. However, on average, largemouth bass caught in the wild weigh between 1 and 5 pounds with your larger ones living down in the southern states. These fish can live up to 15 years or more, and their size is affected by factors such as genetics, diet and water temperature.
Fishing for largemouth bass can be a challenging and rewarding experience. Anglers use a variety of techniques and equipment to catch them, including spin-casting, baitcasting and fly-fishing.
In 2009, Japanese angler Manabu Kurita was fishing Lake Biwa in Japan when he hooked into another monster that tied the world record for largemouth bass. His bass actually weighed one ounce more at 22-pounds 5 ounces, however per IGFA certification rules, a fish must be 2 ounces over to take the sole possession of the record due to the margins of error on scales.
So now, they share the record… but Kurita’s was captured on video.
The video shows them lifting the massive bass out of their live well and getting it on the scale. There are nothing but smiles all around.
The joys of catching a monster.