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Has a new world record bass been caught in Japan? Claims are flying that a 22 pound, 5 ounce largemouth was landed in Lake Biwa on Thursday, July 2, 2009. There are pictures and information posted on a California fishing site and on the Field and Stream site.
There is sure to be a lot of controversy over this fish. If it really weighed 22 pounds, 5 ounces it will be considered a tie with Perry's 22 pound, 4 ounce bass since the International Game Fish Association requires a fish to outweigh by 2 ounces one it beats.
One reason the IGFA says it much outweigh the current record by two ounces is rounding. The fish caught in Japan was weighed on metric scales and the weight, when converted, actually comes out to be between 22 pounds, 4 ounces and 22 pounds, 5 ounces. What about Perry's fish? It was weighed on certified scales but was the ounce weight rounded up or down? Nobody knows.
Why is the world record bass so important? Because the record will be used to sell millions of dollars worth of fishing equipment.
Join in the forum discussion about the current world record bass and potential challenges to it.
It will be interesting to see how this works out.