Biggest Largemouth Bass-world record caught by Manabu
Biwa, Japan -- Japanese angler Manabu Kurita,
32, caught a 22lb 5oz, 29 inches (10.12 kilograms and 73.5
centimeters) largemouth Bass, on Lake Biwa in the Shiga Prefecture
of Japan-setting the world record for the Biggest
This new world record for the Biggest
Largemouth Bass is one ounce more than the previous
world record caught by George Perry in 1932: a 22-pound, 4-ounce
bass caught from Lake Montgomery in Georgia on June 2, 1932.
Mr. Kurita caught the fish using a Roman Made Mother which
it's a big wake bait; he caught the bass on a 7-foot, 1-inch
GLX G. Loomis worm & jig rod made by Deps, with a Shimano
Antares DC7 baitcasting reel.Photos: courtesy ESPN/Bass (enlarge
Manabu Kurita is sponsored by Deps, a
Japanese fishing tackle manufacturer.
The bass was caught in
Lake Biwa in the Shiga Prefecture of Japan. The huge lake,
spanning 259 square miles, serves as a water supply for the
cities of Kyoto and Otsu. It's home to trout, bass and a pearl
industry. It is Japan's largest lake and has been stocked
with Florida Strain largemouth bass.
Lake Biwa shocked the bass world a couple
years ago by producing a bass that was well over 18 pounds
(The Japan record was caught at Lake Ikehara, and weighted
over 19 pounds.).
A 25 1/2 lb. bass was caught as by catch
in a fisherman's net earlier this year, so many thought it
would be just a matter of time before a record size fish was
taken from Japan's largest (over 70 miles long) natural lake.
Japanese officials consider largemouths
a non-native, invasive species and are trying to get them
out of the lake. A 25-pounder reportedly was netted there,
and restaurants nearby serve bass on their menus.