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Video: Wisconsin Angler Catches and Releases Possible Record-Breaker Smallmouth Bass

May 20, 2014
Video: Wisconsin Angler Catches and Releases Possible Record-Breaker Smallmouth Bass - 2

Wisconsin is clearly the best destination in the world for giant smallmouth these days. Consider this: in mid-May the state produced an 8.29–pound giant from Green Bay and another giant from an unnamed lake in the Milwaukee area.

The second fish, measuring an incredible 24.5 inches in length and sporting a massive 20-inch girth, weighed an estimated 9.6 pounds, more than enough to break the current 9.1-pound state record for the species. That fish was caught in Indian Lake in 1950.

The lucky angler was Ben Royce, who handles pro-staff and event marketing for Plano Synergies. He was fishing with friend and pro-staffer Eric Haataja, a big-fish specialist and full-time guide based in Milwaukee. What started as a day set aside for shooting video for social media ended with a fish of historic proportions.

Royce caught the giant on a three-inch Berkley Havoc Sick Fish. By the way, Royce released the bass after a few quick photos!

Photo credits: Eric Haataja

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from Josey wrote 8 weeks 23 hours ago

I caught a 33-inch bronze back, but threw it back because I wanted to.

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from Fontinalis Rising wrote 8 weeks 2 days ago

I caught a 28 inch smallie once that I released because it was out of season. It was so big it took me a few minutes to figure out what it was. Wish I had pics of that one. The other smallmouth I caught that day was 23". It was an epic day I won't forget.

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from Fontinalis Rising wrote 8 weeks 2 days ago

I caught a 28 inch smallie once that I released because it was out of season. It was so big it took me a few minutes to figure out what it was. Wish I had pics of that one. The other smallmouth I caught that day was 23". It was an epic day I won't forget.

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from Josey wrote 8 weeks 23 hours ago

I caught a 33-inch bronze back, but threw it back because I wanted to.

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