The current Largemouth Bass World Record caught by George Perry (more), has held it’s place for the past 73 years. Withstanding an enormous and growing sportfishing industry, from professionals to amateurs alike. Even a few possible, but not official, contenders to that record have come out in the past 20 years.
But now, we have proof of a record breaking Largemouth Bass topping the scales at 25 pounds.
Mac Weakley of Carlsbad caught what could be the world-record largemouth bass early Monday at Dixon Lake in Escondido.
The bass weighed 25 pounds, 1 ounce on a hand-held scale, which – if approved – would shatter the world record, the 22-pound, 4-ounce bass caught by George W. Perry at Montgomery Lake in Georgia in 1932.
However, things aren’t as simple as that day George Perry cast out his one and only lure. Turns out that Mac Weakly didn’t exactly catch the fish. In the previous article Mac does admit the fish was foul-hooked and might not be eligable for the record. The very next day Max retracted his entry.
Late last night, the man better known as Mac Weakley decided he’d had enough of the controversy behind his potential world-record catch, that 25-pound, 1-ounce Queen Kong of a bass he foul-hooked at Dixon Lake on Monday. He decided not to submit the catch to the International Game Fish Association for approval as the all-tackle, world-record largemouth bass.
“It’s a great day, but it’s a bad day,” Weakley said at his home in Carlsbad. “It was a valiant effort. We’ve been trying and trying to catch this fish for years. It’s the world-record bass. Unfortunately, it was foul-hooked.”
Weakley’s monster bass, caught on a Bob Sangster handmade white rattlesnake jig (on 15-pound P-Line monofilament) from Angler’s Arsenal, was weighed on a Berkley BogaGrip, a hand-held scale, but no measurements were taken of the biggest bucketmouth landed in the history of black bass fishing.
Mac’s gonna feel horrible if someone else officially catches this fish before he does. Good luck “Budda”.