In a tournament on Bullard’s Bar Reservoir in Northern California last weekend, angler Lou Ferrante caught a 10.95-pound spotted bass that could become the new IGFA all-tackle world record.
According to an article from Wired2fish.com, the area is known to produce trophy-sized spotted bass, which are typically smaller than other bass species, like largemouths. Ferrante was using a Yamamoto grub on a darter head in about 20 feet of water, and the fish initially registered 11.20 pounds on tournament scales. Unfortunately, the tournament scales weren’t certified, and when he finally found a state-certified scale in Truckee, Calif., the fish dropped a few ounces to come in at 10.95 pounds.
Ferrante says he’s in the process of submitting the paperwork and line samples required for IGFA record consideration. If the organization confirms Ferrante’s fish as the new record, it will beat out Keith Bryan’s 10.48-pound fish caught last February on California’s New Melones Reservoir.