Nevada Angler Catches Potential World Record Spotted Bass

Nevada Angler Catches Potential World Record Spotted Bass

Photo courtesy of Joe Inama.

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.

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