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World Record Largemouth Bass Tied by Japanese Fisherman
World Record Largemouth Bass - Japan’s Manabu Kurita Ties George Perry's World Record
After nearly six months of waiting, Japan’s Manabu Kurita is taking his place
along side Georgia, USA angler George Perry in the International Game Fish
Association’s (IGFA) World Record Games Fishes book as dual holders of the
All-Tackle record for largemouth bass each weighing 22 lb 4 oz and caught 77
The IGFA approved Kurita’s application for the fish caught from Japan’s largest
lake on July 2, 2009. The 70-year old non-profit fisheries conservation,
education and record-keeping body, received Kurita’s application and
documentation on Sept. 19, 2009. The largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides),
was caught from Lake Biwa which is an ancient reservoir northeast of Kyoto.
Kurita, 32, of Aichi, Japan, was fishing Biwa that July day using a Deps
Sidewinder rod and a Shimano Antares DC7LV reel loaded with 25 lb Toray line
when he pitched his bait, a live bluegill, next to a bridge piling. It was
Kurita’s first cast to the piling where he had seen a big bass swimming. He only
twitched the bait a couple of times before he got bit. After a short, three
minute fight he had the fish in the boat.
Kurita was quoted as saying “I knew it was big, but I didn’t know it was that
But big it was. Using certified scales, his fish weighed in at 10.12 kg or 22 lb
4 oz. When measured, the fish had a fork length of 27.2 inches and a girth of
26.7 inches. The IGFA only has line classes up to 20 lb for largemouth bass, so
Kurita had no chance at a line class record as well.
IGFA rules for fish caught outside the U.S. allows anglers 90 days to submit
their applications from the date of their catch. The documentation was received
through the IGFA’s sister association the Japan Game Fish Association (JGFA).
IGFA conservation director Jason Schratwieser said Kurita’s application was
meticulously documented with the necessary photos and video.
Kurita’s fish ties the current record held for over 77 years by Perry who caught
his bass on Georgia’s Montgomery Lake, June 2, 1932, near Jacksonville, Georgia.
That 22 lb 4 oz behemoth won Field and Stream Magazine’s big fish contest and 46
years later, when the IGFA took over freshwater records from Field and Stream,
it became the All-Tackle record now one of over 1,100 fresh and saltwater
species the IGFA monitors.