Although oftentimes overshadowed by their larger-mouthed relatives, the smallmouth bass is easily one of the most popular freshwater game fish in North America. Their expansive range, accessibility, and willingness to take a variety of baits, lures, and flies make them a great target for sportsmen of all levels. And while they don't grow as big as largemouths, pound-for-pound, smallmouth bass are every bit as strong and aggressive. Couple these facts with their beautifully mottled complexion, and it's no wonder why anglers have pursued smallmouth bass for centuries. David Hayes' celebrated 5.
Angler shatters smallmouth bass record, keeps fish alive
World Record Smallmouth Bass Weight: 11 pounds, 15 ounces. As usual, there is controversy. Raymond Barlow, whoever the hell he is, submitted an affidavit to the U. Army Corps of Engineers stating that Hayes' fish had only weighed 8 lb 15 oz and that he had stuffed three pounds of metal in the fishes' mouth and stomach to make it a record. Most records that pre-date the 70s are not accurate. Fish were not properly weighed or documented.
Angler shatters smallmouth bass record, lets fish live
By Pete Thomas October 21, pm. An Illinois angler has shattered the state record for smallmouth bass with the recent Lake Michigan catch of a smallmouth weighing 7 pounds, 3 ounces. Perhaps as impressive, Joseph Capilupo kept the bass alive overnight so he could have his catch certified by a state biologist, and released it the following day. Great fight, great fish.
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