BREAKING NEWS SEPTEMBER 15th, 2009
IGFA receives documentation, photos on pending world record largemouth bass caught in Japan
Weight matches current IGFA record held for 77 years by Georgia's George Perry
Manabu Kurita hold his (pending) World Record Largemouth Bass.
DANIA BEACH, Fla. USA, (September 15, 2009) --- Documentation for a
much talked about 22 lb 4 oz largemouth bass, caught from Japan's
largest lake in July, has arrived into the International Game Fish
Association (IGFA) headquarters for world record recognition.
Late Monday, the IGFA, the 70-year old non-profit fisheries
conservation, education and record-keeping body, received the
application for the largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides), caught
July 2, by Manabu Kurita, 32, of Aichi, Japan. IGFA rules for fish
caught outside the U.S. allows anglers 90 days to submit their
applications from the date of their catch.
IGFA conservation director Jason Schratwieser said the World All-Tackle
application is currently under review after it was received through the
Japan Game Fish Association (JGFA).
Schratwieser said the application stated the bass weighed 10.12 kg (22
lbs 4 ozs) and was pulled from Lake Biwa an ancient reservoir northeast
of Kyoto. Photos and video were also submitted with the written
Kurita's fish would tie the current record held for over 77 years by
George Perry caught on Georgia's Montgomery Lake, June 2, 1932, near
In North America the largemouth bass, and especially the All-Tackle
record, is considered by millions of anglers as the "holy grail" of
freshwater fish because of its popularity and the longevity of Perry's
Largemouth bass have also been introduced in many countries and in
Japan fisheries officials consider it an invasive species. In addition,
because bass are not native and are stocked in Japan, many speculated
that the big bass was a sterile triploid. However when biologists in
Japan examined the ova of the big female they concluded that the fish
was not triploid.
IGFA World Records Coordinator Becky Wright reported Kurita's fish
measured 27.20 inches in length and an almost equal girth of 26.77
inches. She said Kurita was using a blue gill as live bait trolling
through a canal.
A decision by the IGFA of whether Kurita's fish will tie Perry's record may take up to a month.
"We have a formal relationship with our sister organization, the Japan
Game Fish Association where they first collect and review record
applications for fish caught in Japan," said Schratwieser. "It works
out well because they not only translate applications but can also
contact the angler if more documentation is needed.
"We still have a number of questions to ask them and Kurita regarding
local laws and the area he caught it in while he was trolling through a
canal on the lake," said Schratwieser.
"We hope to make an announcement in three to four weeks."
Annually the IGFA publishes a comprehensive list of current records on
nearly 1100 species of fresh and saltwater fish across the globe in its
highly acclaimed World Record Game Fishes (WRGF) book which is divided
into all-tackle, line classes, fly, and junior record categories.
The IGFA has been recognized as the official keeper of world saltwater
fishing records since its founding in 1939. In 1978 it added the field
of freshwater record-keeping when Field & Stream magazine
transferred its 68 years of records to the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame
& Museum, the association's world headquarters in Dania Beach, Fla.
The IGFA is a not-for-profit organization committed to the conservation
of game fish and promotion of responsible, ethical angling practices
through science, education, rule making and record keeping. IGFA
members are located in over 125 countries and territories. The IGFA
welcomes visitors to its interactive Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum
in Dania Beach, Florida.
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