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I've been trying to find a list of the biggest smallmouths caught on record.I have found some sites with individual state records.I am looking for a list that would feature the top 10 or more of all time,for everywhere.

Thanks, CJ

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There have only been a handful of smallmouth caught weighing over 10 lbs. The top two are David Hayes World Record, 11-15 and John Gorman, 10-14:

http://www.southeasternoutdoors.com/outdoors/fishing/articles/smallmouth-world-record-controversy-hayes.html

One of the Carolinas has a 10+ State Record as well as Alabama. My partner caught a 10 which I netted and weighed in November, 2004. I believe that is one of the top five fish every landed, but it most certainly would be among the top ten.

8-)

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I found this list of state records which seems to be old and/or inaccurate.

http://www.bronzeback.com/state1.htm

Kinda what I was looking for.Very few DD brownfish have been recorded.Though there has been DD's caught north,east,and south,From what I've seen from Fish Chris and some of the Cali guys it ain't if but when their state record goes DD.

Another interesting story I came upon was that Oklahoma had it's state record broke 3 times in 4 years!

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That list can definitely NOT be relied on. No listing for Tennessee?

Kentucky also claims David Hayes fish which is not listed. I also

think the Michigan claim is bogus:

http://www.michigandnr.com/MASTERANGLER/MasterAngler.asp

So...Back to 10+...TN/KY and TN again a couple of times; NC and AL.

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Yes,I had read that. Great article!

Do you believe that the returning vegetation on Ky.Lake will aid to overall growth for brownfish?I mean in size,not numbers.

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I don't know. The biggest problem with Kentucky Lake, especially on my portion, the upper lake, is recruitment. TVA's water release program is devasting to nesting bass. WAY too much fluctuation on the gravel beds and (usually) too much water flow during the span. Prior to last year's drought, most flood gates were open throughout the spawn. This may hurt quantity more than quality, but over a period of years both are adversely effected.

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wow... that is niceun of a Smallie from utah...  That list posting the state records is either a sham, or out of date!  I noticed a FEW "state records" that did not match that of other more viable sources I've seen before!!!

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this is the biggest smallie caught from utah just last season. it was 22 1/4" and 8lbs. caught on a swimbait he makes himself. lakextackle.net

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OUT friggin standing!!!!!!!!

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,From what I've seen from Fish Chris and some of the Cali guys it ain't if but when their state record goes DD.

The state record was broken last year, it will be broken this year, and probably next year as well.  This lake that broke the record last year no doubt is holding close to a world record.

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No location is in the running for a New World Record until they produce a 10 or two. The Great Lakes, especially Lake Erie, have exploded in recent years and the smallmouth fishing is expected to keep improving every year for the forseeable future! Although the fishing will be fantastic and HUGE numbers of 5 & 6 lb brown fish will be caught, 7+ will still be rare. The number of days in the "growing season" is what's critical.

In the northern lakes a 5 lb smallmouth is about 10-11 years old and may live to 19. In the South, our 5 lb fish are 4-5 years old, but they only live to 9 or 10. Perhaps the reason David Hayes' fish attained World Record size is because it lived to be 13 here in the Mid South.

8-)

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That's interesting R Dubbs...  I wonder if that age to size ratio you just mentioned is for Reservoir/Lake Smallies?  I read somewhere that A Virginia Biologist referenced that a 20" RIVER Smallie could be anywhere from 12-15 years old...  (Virginia Rivers)

thats an Old fish when you think about it.

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Dude that smallie is no smallie, its a bohemith

It looks fake--is it a pinata stuffed with shiners ?  did your lake get nuked? ;D

Thats my new goal--10 lbs of smallmouth

Nice catch

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There was an 8.47 caught last June in Northern Lower Michigan.  That was the biggest I have heard of in Michigan in a while.  

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Recent FLW edition ranked Erie as the #1 smallie location. 8-)

I believe it. We get some BIG boys ccming up into the tributaries where I live. 18-20" smallmouth are not unusual. That little guy in my avatar is a dink compared to some of them that I have hauled in on powerworms.

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;D ;D ;D

WOW!

;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

8-)

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What's Crazy,  is that the old record was caught by the same guy and it was a pound lighter.  Another fish was caught that was in between the old and the new record by another person just recently and all three were caught out of the same reservoir.  Dworshak reservoir in centeral idaho.  Its barely fished and they feed on koakanee trout.  I have a tournament there this year!  8-)

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Man, I would forget all about tournament fishing and focus on that lake.

8-)

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