From an IGFA press release:
_Documentation for a much talked about 22 lb 4 oz largemouth bass, caught [by Manabu Kurita] from Japan’s largest lake in July, has arrived into the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) headquarters for world record recognition. . . .
_IGFA conservation director Jason Schratwieser said the World All-Tackle application is currently under review after it was received through the Japan Game Fish Association (JGFA). . . . Photos and video were also submitted with the written documentation.
_Kurita’s fish would tie the current record held for over 77 years by George Perry caught on Georgia’s Montgomery Lake, June 2, 1932, near Jacksonville, Georgia. . . .
_”We still have a number of questions to ask [the JGFA] and Kurita regarding local laws and the area he caught it in while he was trolling through a canal on the lake,” said Schratwieser.
“We hope to make an announcement in three to four weeks.”