Tennessee Largemouth Bass Record
It's official! Gabe Keen's 15.2 lb largemouth bass caught Friday February 13, 2015 on Tennessee's Chickamauga Lake beat the previous Tennessee state record of 14.8 lbs, set by James Barrett in Lawrence County back in 1954.
Gabe Keen of Dayton, Tennessee officially holds the new Tennessee state record largemouth with a fish caught from Chickamauga today on a version of the Umbrella rig called Viper Rig made by Dixie Custom Rods. The new rig designed by Dewayne Wilson fooled the pre-spawn giant into biting. Keen reported despite the size of the bass, it didn't put up a fight like would be expected.
The 15.20 monster was certified Saturday by the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency and Keen has been busy answering calls and text messages from the students of the fishing team that he coaches at the Campbell County High School. Keen is sponsored as a tournament angler by Bass Pro Shops of Sevierville, Tennessee and is part of the Team Nitro staff. He stopped by the final night of the Spring Fishing Classic to talk about his record breaking catch to store customers visiting the final night of the in store fishing expo.
Although the death of the fish immediately sparked controversy on social media, it was acknowledged by many experts that a fish of this age and size often die after spawning. It is a tough call to make for any angler that thinks they may have broken a record, knowing that survival during the certification process is unlikely. This record fish brings light to the states' need to initiate a program like other states now have to protect record bass. But all anglers can rest assured that the DNA of this fish resides in many more in Tennessee waters, and it is doubted that this record will stand as long as James Barrett's bass did. Congratulations to Gabe Keen upon shattering the long standing Tennessee State Record.