A potential new world record largemouth bass may have been caught.
However, this monster bass was not caught in Texas or California or even Mexico. In fact, it wasn't even caught in North America.
Nope the possible new record holder (or record tier) was taken July 2 in Lake, Biwa, JAPAN.
This fish weighed 22-pounds, 5-ounces, measured 29.4 inches and was taken by Japanese professional angler Manabu Kurita.
The current record - the world's most heralded sport fish record - weighs 22-pounds, 4-ounces and was caught June 2, 1932 by George Perry from Lake Montgomery, Georgia.
However, the International Game Fish Association says that for any potential record fish weighing less than 25 pounds it must beat the existing record by at least two ounces, reports Outdoor Life's Internet web site.
Since the Japanese fish appears to weigh "just" one ounce heavier it will be considered a tie.
For a five-photo look at the potential record-breaking bass, visit Outdoor Life's web site at www.outdoorlife.com and follow the link to potential record bass.
- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn