Watch Release of Pending Spotted Bass World Record
February 24, 2017
Nick Dulleck, the California angler who is the latest challenger to theÂ all-tackleÂ spotted bass world record, promisedÂ he'd release more info on his pending record.
Late Thursday,Â Dulleck posted a short videoÂ (see above) on Instagram showing the release of theÂ 11-pound, 4-ounce spot caught Feb. 12 out ofÂ New Bullards Bar Reservoir in Northern California.
The video shows Dulleck holding the fish and gently releasing it back into the water — Â there's even underwater footage.
It ends with the fish swimming away along the water's surface and Dulleck being congratulated with a handshake.
The International Game Fish Association is evaluatingÂ Dulleck's fish as a possible world record.Â The current IGFA-recognized record isÂ 10-6, caught Jan. 12, 2015 by Timothy R. Little,Â also atÂ New Bullards Bar.
Dulleck, who celebrated his birthday on Jan. 10, caught the lunker in the morning on Sunday, Feb. 12, during a two-day fishing trip to the reservoir with friend Adam McAndrews. According to Bassmaster.com, the fishÂ measured 24 1/2 inches long and had a girth of 20 3/4 inches.
It's the latest double-digit spotted bass caught atÂ New Bullards Bar, including a 10.8-pounder caught in December by Cody Meyer that also is a potential record.
California's recognized spotted bass recordÂ is an 11-3 spotÂ caught by Louis Ferrante at New Bullards Bar in February, 2015.
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