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World-record largemouth: Tied on a technicality

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Manabu Kurita, 32, of Aichi, Japan, tied fishing's most hallowed record--the one for largemouth bass--on a technicality, the International Game Fish Association announced Friday afternoon.


He caught the largemouth with a live bluegill from Lake Biwa, an ancient reservoir northeast of Kyoto, on July 2. IGFA received formal documentation in September and spent months researching the application.

The fish weighed 10.12 kg, slightly more 22 lbs 4 ozs. That tied the record (22-4) established by George Perry with a largemouth caught from Georgia's Montgomery Lake on June 2, 1932.

Though it was a fraction of an ounce heavier than Perry's, it did not meet the requirement of being at least two ounces heavier than the existing record.

The Japanese largemouth was 27.20 inches in length and an almost equal girth of 26.77.

The announcement was carried live on

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Congratulations to Manabu Kurita. He is a true trophy hunter dedicated to the pursuit of world record bass like no other. I am proud to say that in the past year he has become one of my closest friends, Another person who helps him a great deal but receives no real credit is Reika Ishaguro who designs his website, communicates his thoughts and wishes to me and others, and also is a great angler in her own right. Manabu and Reika are good friends and you can talk with both of them at my website at Northeast Bass Fishing For Trophy Bass.
Tight lines, and best of luck to all trophy hunters the world over on the next world record. Steve Owner

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