Angler Lands Possible World Record Spotted Bass
While fishing a California Tournament Trail Pro-Am event, Keith Bryan, president of Powell Rods, experienced one of those moments that most anglers only dream of: a possible world record bass.
On the first day of the two-day event out of New Melones Lake in Northern California, Bryan hooked and landed a 10.48-pound spotted bass that helped him take the lead in the tournament with a day one weight of 21.39 pounds. Not only did it help in the tournament, but it set forth a chain of events that may end with the 49-year-old angler and businessman holding the new IGFA All Tackle World Record for spotted bass.
The current official record is a 10.27-pound spotted bass caught by Bryan Shishido back in 2001 out of Pine Flat Lake, California.
Bryan’s bass fish weighed-in at 10.48 pounds on the tournament scales, good enough to beat Shishido’s catch. However, the potential record seemed in jeopardy when it was weighed on an International Game Fish Association (IGFA) certified scale, registering only 9.91 pounds.
While Bryan thought this fact would nullify his claim to a potential record, he would later find out the scales can be certified by IGFA after the fact. The tournament scales were sent to the organization, and have been certified as accurate by officials there.
This means that Bryan’s fish has been recorded by IGFA as the original 10.48 pounds, and is in the process of being considered for World Record status. The process takes a mandated 60 days from the date of the catch, so sometime after February 2nd Bryan’s fish could become the new All Tackle World Record Spotted Bass.
“This is just an unbelievable experience,” said Bryan. “I could never have, in my wildest dreams, imagined catching a world record of any sort. But, to have it happen in a tournament is amazing. I can only wait now and hope that IGFA has enough documentation to certify it as a record. But, even if it doesn’t happen, this has truly been a once in a lifetime experience.” As icing on the cake, Bryan would also go on to win the tournament with a total, two-day weight of 38.49 pounds.
Bryan caught the bass with a wacky-rigged green pumpkin purple and copper flake (color 330) five-inch Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits Senko in approximately 10 feet of water. Bryan inserted a 3/32 Lunker City Nail Weight in the nose and rigged it on a size 2 Wide Gap Weedless Finesse Hook. He threw the rig on a 6103mef Powell Inferno spinning rod and size 3000 Shimano Sahara reel filled with eight-pound-test Power Pro braided line, tipped with a leader of eight-pound-test Seaguar Invizx fluorocarbon.
Unlike most records submitted to IGFA, Bryan was able to keep his fish alive throughout the weigh-in process, releasing it safe and sound.
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