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1 minute ago, TnRiver46 said:

here’s some light reading on the topic, the search function will reveal all kinds of things 

 

That first post thing always nails it.....that's the most laugh emotes I've seen a post get ?

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I’d have to say a big ole green, close to 28 pound Florida largemouth bass. And as @DaubsNU1 astutely pointed out, the possible endorsements accompanying that historic catch you might need to hire an accountant. 
*as for the haters, these have been called hater-blockers (aka sunglasses) ?
** the most attainable of the four in my opinion would be the spotted bass

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Any of them would be an amazing fish to catch and hold. I would probably take the largemouth if I had to choose, just for sheer size. It's hard to fathom a bass as big as some of the flatheads I catch. I don't know that I could turn it in for a record though. The turmoil that fish would cause in your life just really doesn't seem worth it IMO. 

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78 lb Snook FTW! 

 

Snook are arguably the greatest fish pound for pound to catch.  Difficult to catch.  Great fighters.  Razor sharp gill plates that slices through line.  Can jump to spit the hook.  Will see your leader if its to thick.  

 

They provide the best challenge overall.  And outstanding table fare. 

 

 

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33 minutes ago, Kelvin said:

78 lb Snook FTW! 

 

Snook are arguably the greatest fish pound for pound to catch.  Difficult to catch.  Great fighters.  Razor sharp gill plates that slices through line.  Can jump to spit the hook.  Will see your leader if its to thick.  

 

They provide the best challenge overall.  And outstanding table fare. 

 

 

 

I have never seen a 78 pound snook.  However, I have see a few in the 40 pound class. My personal best snook was 30 pounds. Snook fishing is very similar to bass fishing. They will eat most any bass lure.   Outside of Florida, I don't believe they are available to anglers in the US.  Snook do not tolerate cold water.  Sixty years ago, Florida snook were not classified as a game fish.  As a kid, I remember watching people snag baskets full of snook from an inlet seawall.  Today, there are strict limits and seasons on snook.  They are excellent eating, but everyone I know releases them.  In Central America they are served in restaurants.  Latins call them Robalo.

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I'll most defiantly take the largemouth bass. Aside from the elation of catching one so big, the bounty from various organizations is around $5 million or more for the world record. I've seen figures upwards of $8 million. That's not even including all the endorsements from other companies. No tellin how much money a world record LMB is worth but it's WAY up there. 

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@Zcoker and @Bluebasser86, I hear you both. First, I agree with Blue and then Z and then back to Blue. However, if I ever actually had a 28-lb. largemouth beside my canoe, I think I'd simply throw my rod into the pond, yell, "I surrender," paddle back to my canoe at Ben Hur-ramming speed, speed all the way home, and hide under my bed for a month or two.

 

Now, I have caught musky and sturgeon heavier than 28 pounds, but a bass that big would unravel me simply because it's preposterous, even if it were real. 

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On 3/1/2023 at 7:38 AM, gimruis said:

I read in BASS that the fight from extremely big largemouth bass isn't what you think its like because their enormous size tires them quickly.  The specific article I read stated that it was "like a 300 pound man climbing stairs."  After an initial burst, its mostly just dead weight (a lot of it).  @WRB has caught some enormous largies during his time, maybe he can comment on what it felt like when he hooked into one compared to a 5 pounder.

Any LMB over 8 lbs feels the same after setting the hook if it doesn’t jump right away and you see it.

Nearly all bass are close to being weightless in the water because of their swimbaddler allows neutral buoyancy.

It’s all about pulling power, stamina, speed, turning power, head shakes and they can jump a bodyblength out of the water. The reason a lot of big bass manage to break lines is their wide body and bigger tail, they turn on a dime and try to run away when they see a boat.

It’s the hard head shake and 1st freight train run that separate  a giant size bass for other big bass. The tackle also makes a big difference. 8’ Swimbait rod with 25# line and big swimbait   In the basses throat/mouth slows them down faster the using 6’10” jig & worm rod with 12# line and a smaller jig stuck in their mouth, they fight harder and longer on lighter tackle.

Giant bass may look fat or bulge but the live on fast swimming prey fish like trout and easily chase them down, faster then they look.

Tom

 

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Tom, I appreciate your instructive posts. Your fishing life is beyond my ken, but I still like learning about things over my horizon, even if I never experience them. 

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My real answer would be a World Record Calico Bass or Spotted Bay Bass but since they're not on the list I suppose I could settle for a WR Largemouth that wouldn't suck to have under my belt. I'd choose LMB mostly because that's all that's been available to me for most my life and it would certainly garner the most attention.

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1 hour ago, ol'crickety said:

sturgeon

That is on my bucket list.  There is a limited spring season every year on the Rainy River.

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7 minutes ago, ol'crickety said:

@Zcoker and @Bluebasser86, I hear you both. First, I agree with Blue and then Z and then back to Blue. However, if I ever actually had a 28-lb. largemouth beside my canoe, I think I'd simply throw my rod into the pond, yell, "I surrender," paddle back to my canoe at Ben Hur-ramming speed, speed all the way home, and hide under my bed for a month or two.

 

Now, I have caught musky and sturgeon heavier than 28 pounds, but a bass that big would unravel me simply because it's preposterous, even if it were real. 

 

Sometimes my thoughts go silly like you're speaking about out in the everglades at night, hooking into a small alligator or big bowfin, at first I don't know what the heck it is.....always that giant bass image in the back of my mind until I see what it is. Often times, I wonder what they heck I would do if I caught a monster bass over 25 pounds at 3am out in the middle of nowhere in a kayak lol 

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On 3/1/2023 at 10:38 AM, gimruis said:

I read in BASS that the fight from extremely big largemouth bass isn't what you think its like because their enormous size tires them quickly.  The specific article I read stated that it was "like a 300 pound man climbing stairs."  After an initial burst, its mostly just dead weight (a lot of it).  @WRB has caught some enormous largies during his time, maybe he can comment on what it felt like when he hooked into one compared to a 5 pounder.

 

In my experience with the larger fish, some react differently than others. The bigger ones can pull so hard that my kayak gets swung around. I've had them break all sorts of stuff as well, high end rods, expensive lures, heavy line.....they can put a hurtin on the gear real quickly. I've also found that fish at night, especially bigger ones 8-10lbs...which seem to lurk most often under the stars....there's an almost renewed energy about them, like totally insane lol. They can rip into a bait has hard has a bullet! 

 

But never underestimate those smaller fish! I've had 5 pounders put on a show and pull as hard as 8 pounders. Best thing to do is be ready for ANYTHING! 

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3 minutes ago, Zcoker said:

I've had them break all sorts of stuff as well, high end rods, expensive lures, heavy line.....they can put a hurtin on the gear real quickly. I've also found that fish at night, especially bigger ones 8-10lbs

I won't be catching any 10 pounders here.  But we have muskies, and on occasion I tie into one by accident on my bass gear.  It feels like I hook a submarine and my gear is completely over whelmed by it.  Just the sheer weight of a sizable one is often an issue.  Have to imagine that this is about as close as I will get up here.

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@gimruis and @Zcoker, I've had muskies take my 32-pound solo canoe and me for a ride. Z, I totally get about a runaway imagination in an Everglades night. I try to keep my imagination in harness and working for me, but sometimes it busts free and takes me on a wild ride. 

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11 minutes ago, gimruis said:

I won't be catching any 10 pounders here.  But we have muskies, and on occasion I tie into one by accident on my bass gear.  It feels like I hook a submarine and my gear is completely over whelmed by it.  Just the sheer weight of a sizable one is often an issue.  Have to imagine that this is about as close as I will get up here.

 

Well, hopefully one day you can make it down this way and get into one. Plenty of them around. 

 

Just never know with fishing. I learned that the hard way long time ago when I first started tagging sharks for NOAA. Always assumed I had an adequate setup and then a submarine hits...literally! And that's why I carried over my shark fishing motto into bass fishing, which is "Go BIG or Go HOME"

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Bassin magazine sponsored the Million Dollar reward for a new World Record Largemouth Bass starting in Dec 1989.

You had to enter the contest, join the BBWC and receive a measuring tape and instructions annually.  

Our local lakes Castaic and Casitas were the top 2 lakes as top Potential lakes. The circus started and motor homes , trailers, boats from nearly every state showed in the local camp grounds between 199O to 1995 or until the program went bankrupt.

It was a horrible time with onlookers using 200 power spotting scopes and cameras recording everyone fishing from vantage points. My bass boat lived in my garage and used my 14’ tin boat to keep under the radar. The last thing you wanted to do is register a giant bass and get noticed, unless it was The Bass.

The Hayes Record Smallmouth caught in 1955 on a trolled white Bomber was removed in 1995 by the IGFA and reinstated in 2006 over a controversy weight was added. Records get a lot of controversy.  

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8 minutes ago, ol'crickety said:

@WRB, it sounds like "they paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Which is why I chose none of the fish in your OP 

21 minutes ago, WRB said:

Bassin magazine sponsored the Million Dollar reward for a new World Record Largemouth Bass starting in Dec 1989.

You had to enter the contest, join the BBWC and receive a measuring taper and instructions annually.  

Our local lakes Castaic and Casitas were the top 2 lakes as top Potential lakes. The circus started and motor homes , trailers, boats from nearly every state showed in the local camp grounds between 199O to 1995 or until the program went bankrupt.

It was a horrible time with onlookers using 200 power spotting scopes and cameras recording everyone fishing from vantage points. My bass boat lived in my garage and used my 14’ tin boats to keep under the radar. The last thing you wanted to do is register a giant bass and get noticed, unless it was The Bass.

The Hayes Record Smallmouth caught in 1955 on a trolled white Bomber was removed in 1995 by the IGFA and reinstated in 2006 over a controversy weight was added. Records get a lot of controversy.  

Tom

Wonder if they are still holding onto that $1m

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