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Kurita’s record catch still under review by IGFA

Manabu Kurita of Aichi, Japan holds up his pending world record largemouth bass that checked in at 22 pounds, 4 ounces.

Photo by International Game Fish Association./


POSTED September 17, 2009 11:15 p.m.

DANIA BEACH, Fla. — Documentation for a much talked about 22-pound, 4-ounce largemouth bass, caught from Japan’s largest lake in July, has arrived into the International Game Fish Association 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 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.

Schratwieser said the application stated the bass weighed 10.12 kilograms and was pulled from Lake Biwa, an ancient reservoir northeast of Kyoto.  Photos and video were also submitted with the written documentation.

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 Jacksonville, Ga.

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 record.

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.

— Pete Johnson, IGFA.



Delta Report    


Fishing on the Delta is good for largemouth bass. Fish are being caught on a variety of techniques. As more baitfish make their way through the system fishing should get easier. Jigs and lipless crank baits are accounting for a lot of numbers.

Striper fishing is still spotty with most fish being caught by those fishing the west side of the delta. Currently, there is an early morning and evening topwater bite for stripers around Franks Tract.  

As the water temperature continues to drop the striped bass bite should improve.

New Melones Lake


Trolling for trout has been picking up lately, as anglers have been reporting good results while trolling 35 to 60 feet deep. The best area for trout right now seems to be the main lake.

Bass fishing has slowed down recently as smaller fish are being caught on small plastics during the day. Catfishing continues to be great for anglers fishing off the bank with anchovies, mackerel, chicken livers, or crawdads.

Lake Don Pedro


Trout fishing remains good with most trout being caught by trollers. Anglers are trolling between 35-55 feet deep with Apex spoons.

For king salmon, anglers are rolling shad or anchovies over the main river channel between 80 and 120 feet deep.

Bass fishing is slow right now with lots of smaller fish being caught but very few of any size. Anglers are currently catching bass while drop shotting and spooning anywhere between 25-35 feet deep.   

Tip of The Week

 

When searching for the right place to fish off the bank there are a few things you might want to take into consideration.

The first thing I look for is structure. I haven’t had much luck while fishing banks that were smooth or shallow.

Also, try fishing “points.” These are areas where the bank comes to a point. If there is a considerable drop in depth once casting out from the point the better.

If the points fail to produce, try fishing the backs of coves. Fish sometimes can be caught in the backs of coves when their not feeding on the points.

There are times when waiting it out is the best solution and other times when trying a variety of different spots can make all the difference.   

To contact Jarod Ballardo, e-mail jgbbass@yahoo.com.

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