June 2, 1932, Montgomery Lake, GA, George Perry set the bar on bass fishing enthusiast across the world when he landed a 22lb 4oz bass.
Since that day, there have been many close calls even on Japanese angler matching that record bass. Manabu Kurita matched that record fish on July 2, 2000, on Lake Biwa, Japan. Between these two dates, several anglers came short of this record, but worth noting.
Raymond Easley, 21lb 3oz lunker came on March 4, 1980, at Lake Castaic, CA. Along with Easley, Robert Crupri had two giants from Lake Castaic. One being caught on March 9, 1990, weighing in a 21lbs and the other on March 12, 1991, weighing in at 22lbs. The last notable lunker came once again from Lake Castaic was caught by Dan Kadota on January 8, 1989, which weighed in at 19lbs.
Is it the deep water holding these monster bass on Castaic Lake, making them harder to catch? Or was there just caught at a time when bass fishing was not a popular and they did not get the fishing pressure. It has been some time since a shot at a record breaking fish has been weighed in, but could we be approaching the time when this record gets surpassed?
Over the past couple years Toledo Bend (#1 lake in the country), has seen an explosion in ten plus pound fish being weighed in. It is almost unheard of that this many ten plus pound fish coming from one lake. When last checked for this year, the lunker program has reached around 80 lunker bass since May. With last year a total of 139 lunkers of ten plus pounds. This is still not accounting for the numbers of fish that have been caught over ten pounds and people do not bring the fish to the scales. Rumor has it, Boyd Duckett caught a thirteen plus pound fish in practice for the Elite Series event, but did not report it. That is just one of probably many instances.
Just looking at a map of Castaic Lake, it appeared the average depth was approximately eighty foot. That is pretty deep but I don’t think that is a necessity to produce a record bass. George Perry caught his world record fish from Montgomery Lake, GA. Which Montgomery Lake is a small oxbow off of the Ocmulgee River. Toledo Bend does have plenty of deep water, and lots of hydrilla, hydrilla being the most important of the mix in my opinion. The hydrilla gives the fry the allotted time to grow and become mature before even leaving their home.
But if not Toledo Bend, where will the next world record bass be caught? I really think there is a record bass swimming the depths of Toledo Bend right now. It is just a matter of putting a bait infront of her mouth.