May 25, 2017
The latest monster out of New Bullards Bar Reservoir continues a string of world record spotted bass being caught there.
It's official, the 11-plus pound spotted bass caught by California angler Nick Dulleck is now a world record.
Dulleck, who caught the record Feb. 12 on New Bullards Bar Reservoir in Northern California, is now recognized as the all-tackle world record-holder by the International Game Fish Association.
His catch weighed 11 pounds, 4 ounces and beat the previous record (10-6, Timothy R. Little, Jan. 12, 2015) by almost 2 pounds. Little's record also was caught at New Bullards Bar.
Dulleck, who celebrated his birthday two days before the catch, confirmed IGFA certification Wednesday night on his Facebook page.
Dulleck's fish measured a whopping 24 1/4 inches long and had girth of 20 3/4 inches. The fish was released (see video below).
Dulleck's post on Instagram following his catch:
Here it is! 11lb 4oz Spotted Bass. After bass fishing for 20+ years I am proud to share this because it proves if you set a goal and dream big you truly can achieve anything. I did it, I was ready, I was prepared. I want to thank my long time friend Adam of @ebisutackle who was with me on his boat and netted her, was my weighmaster, etc.. not to mention all the laughs and good times together on this birthday trip that will make this memory unforgettable for both of us. I also want to thank my friends and family who support my crazy dreams and fishing addiction you know who you are and I appreciate you. I look forward to what the future holds. — Nick Dulleck Instagram (@supranick)
Dulleck's record was the latest in a long line of huge spotted bass caught at New Bullards Bar in the recent past, including Little's catch 2 years ago.
In December, pro angler Cody Meyer caught a 10.8-pounder that was originally submitted for IGFA record consideration. Paul Bailey reportedly caught a spot that also weighed 11-4 in 2015, but the weight wasn't certified.
And California's recognized spotted bass record is an 11-3 spot caught by Louis Ferrante at New Bullards Bar in February, 2015, though that seems likely to change now.
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