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January 7, 2010 at 2:49 PM

Potential world record largemouth bass announcement happening tomorrow (Jan. 8)

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The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) will make its decision at 10:30 a.m. PT tomorrow (Jan. 8) on what could be the most significant record application in recent history.

The IGFA, the 70-year old non-profit fisheries conservation, education and record-keeping body, received the application this past fall for the 22 pound, 4 ounce largemouth bass caught July 2 in Lake Biwa northeast of Kyoto by Manabu Kurita, age 32, of Aichi, Japan.

Over the last five months, IGFA has been engaged in collecting a considerable amount of information and testimony from the angler, fisheries authorities and representatives from our sister organization, the Japan Game Fish Association.

If confirmed Kurita’s largemouth bass would tie the current record held for over 77 years by George Perry caught on Georgia’s Montgomery Lake, caught back on June 2, 1932 near Jacksonville, Georgia.

In North America the largemouth bass, and especially the All-Tackle record, is considered by millions of anglers as the “holy grail” of freshwater fish because of its popularity and the longevity of Perry’s record.

Largemouth bass have also been introduced in many countries and in Japan fisheries officials consider it an invasive species.

IGFA World Records Coordinator Becky Wright reported Kurita’s fish measured 27.20 inches long and a girth of 26.77 inches. Kurita was using a blue gill as live bait trolling through a canal.

Annually the IGFA publishes a comprehensive list of current records on nearly 1,100 species of fresh and saltwater fish across the globe in its highly acclaimed World Record Game Fishes (WRGF) book which is divided into all-tackle, line classes, fly, and junior record categories.

The IGFA has been recognized as the official keeper of world saltwater fishing records since its founding in 1939. In 1978 it added the field of freshwater record-keeping when Field & Stream magazine transferred its 68 years of records to the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, the association’s world headquarters in Dania Beach, Fla.

(Photo courtesy of the IGFA)

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