For many of us, largemouth bass fishing goes well beyond a casual past time. It’s a passion! Some (like my wife) say it’s an addiction. The ultimate quest is landing the biggest largemouth bass in the world. Isn’t that every boy’s dream come true?
To break the world’s record could be only a dream, but breaking any big bass record is an adventure worth chasing.
World Record Largemouth Bass
#1 for 88 Years – George Perry
22 lb 4 oz | Jun 1932 | Montgomery Lake, Georgia, USA
The legend named Geoge Perry caught a 22 pound 4-ounce largemouth bass in June 1932. It stands as the IGFA record to this day, 88 years later! Will it ever get beaten?
On a hot summer day, George was 20 years old when the famous whopper took his bait. Little did he know that his fish would spark a billion-dollar sport fishing industry.
The reliability of how this fish got documented is another reason why this record stands. Details of the event are as amazing as the catch.
We know George was a farmworker. It’s reported he took the day off to go fishing because the weather made it too wet for fieldwork. After getting such a large bass, serendipity struck again.
George learned about a Field and Stream contest currently in process. He entered his fish and had it officially weighed in. The fish won him the prize, but also secured his place in bass anglers history books to this day!
Biggest Largemouth Bass Ever Caught
Tie for All-Tackle World Record Bass – Manabu Kurita
22 lbs 5 oz | Jul 2009 | Lake Biwa, Japan
It was stunning when a Japanese sportsman was recognized for tying G. Perry’s record. For 77 years, anglers chased after this big bass world record yet, as happy as Manabu Kurita was to catch a record largemouth bass, it would not break the world record.
For those of us wanting to be logged into the history books, you need to have your catch recognized by the International Game Fish Association. This organization is the authority and record keeps of all things regarding fishing. If it is not IGFA, your record can be tainted and suspect.
Unfortunately for Mr. Manabu Kurita, the IGFA rules are quite detailed and strict. The documented rules require any fish less than 25 pounds to be at least 2 ounces more than the current record holder. Not quite a new world record, the girth, and weight make it a record fish.
This 1 ounce means his winning fish does not surpass the 1932 largemouth bass. Instead, he ties George for the winning World Record. This amazing bass created waves of talk in Japan and the regional Asian countries. Meanwhile, in the United States, the legend of the original monster still overshadows all.
#2. Robert Crupi
22 lbs | Mar 1991 | Castaic Lake, California
There are only three men on the books for catching a largemouth over 22 pounds. In just three minutes, Robert caught his whopper using crayfish. Some talked about Bob being born to break the largemouth record. Still 4 ounces short, his time might have passed.
#3. Raymond Easley
21 lbs 3 oz | Mar 1980 | Oak View, California
Talk about impressing your students! On a day when Ray was teaching other less experienced support, he hooked into a 21-pound big fish. He made a serious impact in the bass fishing world by getting his largemouth certified over 20 pounds. Something that took almost five decades to achieve.
#4. Robert Crupi
21 lbs | Mar 1990 | Castaic Lake, California
Robert Crupi began his hot streak of largemouth bass catches in 1990. This giant was the 3rd biggest largemouth recorded by the IGFA. Bob tenaciously chased his trophy for five days, finally getting a hit to remember.
#5. Arden Charles Hanline’s
19 lbs 2 oz | Jan 1989 | Morena Lake, California
A massive 19 pounds 2-ounce largemouth bass caught in the 12-pound-test category. Hanline’s fish landed in winter at Morena Lake in San Diego.
#6. Dan Kadota
19 lbs | Jan 1989 | Castaic Lake, California
Dan, an experienced and proven angular, tried his luck one cold winter day. Putting down a live crayfish to the near bottom of Castaic Lake, he landed a trophy winner. This whopper put southern California on the map as a hot spot for record-breaking largemouths.
#7. Robert Crupi
17 lbs 1 oz | Dec 1990 | Castaic Lake, California
Another magazine-worthy largemouth brought in by Bob. Crupi proved that changing bait can produce a record catches as his fish munched down on a herring jig. A fish story for the ages, Robert fought with his bass for 15 minutes using only 4-pound-line-class.
#8. Cody Pierce
17 lbs | Mar 2000 | Murray Reservoir, California
Young Cody had a passion for fishing. The teen got up extra early that March morning. Cody wanted to get some quality fishing time in before his school day even started. After some success, he thought just one more cast.
To his surprise, he landed a record size fish. Running down to a nearby ranger station, he managed to get in a formal weigh-in before letting it go.
#9. Larry Kurosaki
16 lbs 12 oz | Feb 2009 | Castaic Lagoon, California
Larry liked using fly tackle. In 2009, his technique paid off while working his style on Castaic Lagoon. A little custom minnow fly was all it took to attract a big largemouth, weighing over 16 pounds.
#10. Terry McAbee
16 lbs 9 oz | Mar 1998 | Lake Isabella, California
McAbee proudly shows off his top 10 World Record largemouth. Terry caught his certified winner by using the common rubber worm. Record setters like Terry’s support why some angular swear by artificial worms for luring lunker largemouth bass.
State Records for Largemouth Bass
Bass fishing has evolved to become a big business. We moved a long way from the day when George Perry won 50 dollars back in 1932. For example, Ott DeFoe won $302,000 in a single tournament in 2019.
The excitement of watching and participating in competitions can add new elements to a person’s fishing experience. Earning huge cash prizes as a pro angular can make a person envy such a career. But events can be chaotic and frenzied, so it’s not for everyone.
Yet capturing a state’s largemouth record is more accessible. For pro or amateur alike, it is a source of genuine pride. Can you imagine having your name etched in the record books?
To passionate fishermen, holding a state record is equal to becoming a living legend. See what it takes for your name to get added to the chart below. What’s your current fishing record?
|Alaska||0.5 Lbs||Sand Lake||N/A||2018|
|Alabama||16 lbs, 8 oz||Mountain View Lake||Thomas Burgin||1987|
|Arizona||16 lbs, 7 oz||Canyon Lake||Randall White||1997|
|Arkansas||16 lbs, 5 oz||Lake Dunn||Paul Crowder||2012|
|California||21 lbs, 12 oz||Lake Castaic||Micheal Arujo||1991|
|Colorado||11 lbs, 6 oz||Echo Canyon Reservoir||Jarrett Edwards||1997|
|Connecticut||12 lbs, 14 oz||Mashapaug Pond||Frank Domurat||1961|
|Delaware||11 lbs, 10 oz||Wagamons Pond||AJ Klein||2016|
|Florida||17 lbs, 4 oz||Unnamed Lake||Billy O’Berry||1986|
|Georgia||22 lbs, 4 oz||Montgomery Lake||George Perry||1932|
|Hawaii||9 lbs, 9.4 oz||Waita Reservoir||Dickie Broyles||1992|
|Idaho||10 lbs, 15 oz||Anderson Lake||Mrs. M.W. Taylor||N/A|
|Illinois||13 lbs, 1 oz||Stone Quarry||Edward Walbel||1976|
|Indiana||14 lbs, 12 oz||Unnamed Lake||Jenifer Schultz||1991|
|Iowa||10 lbs, 14 oz||Lake Fisher||Patricia Zaerr||1984|
|Kansas||11 lbs, 12.8 oz||Private Pit Lake||Tyson Hallam||2008|
|Kentucky||13 lbs, 10.4 oz||Wood Creek Lake||Dale Wilson||1984|
|Louisiana||15.97 lbs||Caney Lake||Greg Wiggins||1994|
|Maine||11 lbs, 10 oz||Moose Pond||Rodney Cockrell||1968|
|Maryland||11 lbs, 2 oz||Private Pond||Rodney Cockrell||1983|
|Massachusetts||15 lbs, 8 oz||Sampson Pond||Walter Bolonis||1975|
|Michigan||11 lbs, 15.04 oz||Big Pine Island Lake||William Maloney||1934|
|Minnesota||8 lbs, 12.75 oz||Tetonka Lake||Joseph Johanns||1959|
|Mississippi||18 lbs, 2.4 oz||Natchez State Park Lake||Anthony Denny||1992|
|Missouri||13 lbs, 14 oz||Bull Shoals Lake||Marvin Bushong||1961|
|Montana||8 lbs, 12.8 oz||Noxon Rapids Reservoir||Darin Williams||2009|
|Nebraska||10 lbs, 11 oz||Sandpit Near Columbus||Paul Abegglen Sr.||1965|
|Nevada||12 lbs even||Lake Mead||Micheal R. Geary||1999|
|New Hampshire||10 lbs, 8 oz||Lake Potanipo||G. Bullpit||1967|
|New Jersey||10 lbs, 14 oz||Menantico Sand Wash Pond||Robert Eisele||1980|
|New Mexico||15 lbs, 13 oz||Bill Evans Lake||Steve Estrada||1995|
|New York||11 lbs, 4 oz||Buckhorn Lake||John L. Higbie||1987|
|North Carolina||15 lbs, 14 oz||Private Pond||William H. Wofford||1991|
|North Dakota||8 lbs, 7.5 oz||Nelson Lake||Leon Rixen||1983|
|Ohio||13 lbs, 2 oz||Private Pond||Roy Landsberger||1976|
|Oklahoma||14 lbs, 12.3 oz||Cedar Lake||Benny Williams Jr.||2012|
|Oregon||11 lbs, 9.6 oz||Private Pond||Randy Spaur||1994|
|Pennsylvania||11 lbs, 3 oz||Birch Run Reservoir||Donal Shade||1983|
|Rhode Island||10 lbs, 6 oz||Johnson’s Pond||Brandon Migliore||2016|
|South Carolina||16 lbs, 2 oz||Lake Marion||P.H. Flanagan||1949|
|South Dakota||9 lbs, 3 oz||Hudson Gravel Pit||Richard Vierick||1999|
|Tennessee||15 lbs, 2 oz||Chickamauga Lake||Gabe Keen||2015|
|Texas||18 lbs, 2.8 oz||Lake Fork||Barry St.Clair||1992|
|Utah||10 lbs, 2 oz||Powell Lake||Sam Lamanna||1974|
|Vermont||10 lbs, 4 oz||Lake Dunmore||Tony Gale||1988|
|Virginia||16 lbs, 4 oz||Connor Lake||Richard Tate||1985|
|Washington||12 lbs, 8 oz||Lake Bosworth||Bill Evans||2016|
|West Virginia||9 lbs, 9.9 oz||Dog Run Lake||Eli Gain||2001|
|Wisconsin||11 lbs, 3 oz||Ripley Lake||N/A||1940|
|Wyoming||7 lbs, 14 oz||Private Pond||Dustin Shorma||1992|
Other Notable Records
World Record Smallmouth Bass
11 lb 15 oz | Jul 1955 | Dale Hollow Lake, Tennessee, USA
Mr. Hayes is reported by the IGFA to be the world record holder for smallmouth bass. His story is not without drama. When a vengeful dock worker reported that motor parts were put into the fish to make it weigh heavier, his title was initially revoked.
Many years later, an investigation was launched because of ongoing disputes. At 80 years old, Mr. Hayes lived to see his world title reinstated.
World Record Striped Bass
81 lb 14 oz | Aug 2011 | Long Island Sound, Westbrook, Connecticut, USA
Greg has many fans and respected in the industry. His innovations and competitive spirit have allowed him to win multiple tournaments and currently hold two world records. Greg fondly recalls fighting with his 81lb monster, even earning some bruised ribs during the battle.