An exclamation point largemouth bass caught in northern Lake County by Brett Hively in mid-April earns Fish of the Week honors.
Kristian Hively, who nominated brother Brett, said ``Walter'' hit a perch-colored Rapala. It measured between 25 and 26 inches and weighed 9.875 pounds before release.
The mouth alone measured over 6" across!!! I couldn't believe my eyes!!! What a beautiful looking fish!!! Not a record, but getting closer! After the pictures we took and couple of high fives, we set Walter free. Watching your brother catch a fish like that..........Priceless!!!
A follow-up e-mail produced these details:
The length of the large mouth bass was approximately 25 to 26 inches long and that may be modest because he did not like being measured in the boat. Yes, my brother laughed at me when I said 28 inches in the email, he said 28 inches would weigh in around 13 lbs and that would be a record fish. The girth was so big, I wish we had more time to examine the fish, but wanted to get him back in the water. We have also caught some real big perch, crappie, blue gill and pike on the lake we fish. I will send you a picture of the perch I caught, he was so big, I had no problem lipping him like a large mouth.
Now that's the storied stuff of FOTW.
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