The bass fishing world is about to be turned upside down once again with reports filtering out of Japan that a potential new world record largemouth bass weighing 22 pounds, 5 ounces has been caught from Lake Biwa, Japan. If eventually recognized as the world record, the 29.4-inch long fish would beat out George W. Perry’s legendary record fish by just one ounce. The name of the angler was not yet known. Although bass anglers in the U.S. might find this as a shocker, Lake Biwa produced an 18 a few years ago and a 25 1/2-pound largemouth was reportedly netted there this year. The International Game Fish Commission has yet to comment on the reported catch or an apparent stipulation in the IGFA regulations which says that any potential world record less than 25 pounds must beat a standing record by two ounces. It’s also not known what type bait the angler was using. More information as it comes in.
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Breaking reports from Japan say that a potential new world record largemouth has been caught!