The spotted bass record may be in jeopardy. A little more than a week ago, Keith Bryan, owner of Powell Rods was fishing a team tournament on New Melones reservoir in California. Bryan won the tournament with an amazing limit of spotted bass, but more importantly, his kicker fish might also be the new world record for spotted bass. His bass was weighed on the tournament scale at 10.48 pounds which would best the previous record of 10.27 pounds.
However, according to reports, by the time he got the bass hauled to certified scales, the fish weighed a little under 10 pounds having possibly lost some of its weight in transit by regurgitating what it had ate, etc.
The IGFA asked Powell to fill out a world record application and he submitted the tournament scale to IGFA for certification to see if they were accurate.
According to the article on Bassmaster.com this morning, the scale came back as being completely accurate. The status of the catch and the weight being recognized as a world record could take another couple of months to determine by the IGFA.
For more on the story, visit this article at bassmaster.com and this one at wonews.com.