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We could all learn a lot from this young man.

Twelve year old Colton Lambert caught this 11-pound, 6-ounce largemouth bass in a farm pound near Huntingtown, Maryland. In some places in the country that’s a big bass, but in Maryland, it’s the biggest bass.

Colton was fishing with his dad on July 31 when he first thought he got snagged up.

“All of a sudden something started to move very quickly and broke the surface and took off, peeling line off the reel,” Colton told the Maryland DNR. “It was really hard to control and reel in; when I finally slid it up on the shallow bank, my dad started getting all excited.”

The next day, the two men took the fish to Tyler’s Tackle in Chesapeake Beach, an Award Center for the Maryland Fishing Challenge. In addition to weighing almost 12 pounds, the fish measured 26 inches long and had a girth of 18 inches.

The weigh in and measurement was verified by state biologist Keith Lockwood who declared Colton’s catch as the new state record.

Colton landed the monster on a spinning rod spooled with 8-pound test line outfitted with a plastic worm, rigged weedless.

The previous record of 11 pounds, 2 ounce stood held for almost 30 years. That fish was caught by Rodney Cockrell.

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