FLW Series angler Lou Ferrante of Sparks, Nevada, landed a 10.95-pound spotted bass during a competition at the Bullards Bar Resevoir in California on Saturday Feb. 21. If certified, Ferrante will hold the new IGFA spotted bass all-tackle world record.
Co-angling with Joe Inama in the 19-boat event, it was only Ferrante’s third time fishing at Bullards Bar. Using a Quantum spinning outfit with 8-pound-test line and a Yamamoto grub on a darter head in roughly 20 feet of water, Ferrante caught the potential record around noon.
Initial weight measurements came out to 11.20 pounds. However, the scale at the Great Basin Bassers fishing club was not certified. Ferrante drove the fish to a nearby supermarket where he was able to use a certified scale and obtained the weight of 10.95 pounds.
“I broke off my Senko about two or three casts before the fish bit,” Ferrante told FLW Outdoors. “I think God told me to pick up the rod with the grub instead of re-tying. It took me about two or three minutes to land it, and I almost fainted when I saw her in the net.”
If the potential record is certified, Ferrante’s catch will best the previous record holder by less than half a pound. Keith Bryan’s 10.48-pound catch from last February currently stands as the spotted bass world record.
<h2>Mabry Harper</h2>The folder in the <a href="http://igfa.org/" target="_blank">IGFA</a>'s Record Department designated "Mabry Harper’s World Record Walleye" is chock-full of articles and letters related to the controversy that has followed this catch over the past half century. <p></p> It has been more than 50 years since Harper pulled a 11.34-kilogram (25 pounds) walleye from Old Hickory Lake, near his home in Tennessee on the morning of August 2, 1960. Luckily, Harper’s wife (seen in the photo) realized the significance of the catch and took it to be officially weighed-in at the Second Creek Resort, before Harper cleaned the fish for dinner (which he later did). <p></p> Harper’s fish was submitted for record consideration, and was quickly approved as the new world record walleye. But as time progressed, questions began swirling about the legitimacy of this record claim – particularly the reported girth measurement of 29 inches. <p></p> In 1996, the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame decided to remove Harper’s catch from the record books, due to “persistent rumors” they had received. However, the IGFA, who had inherited all original documentation and correspondence of the record in the 1970’s, still recognizes Harper’s walleye as the heaviest ever caught on a rod and reel.