Brady Stanford hooked into a possible world-record bass whereas fishing O.H. Ivie Lake on February 22. Stanford was utilizing a live sonar fish finder in about 18-feet of water by a bend in one of many lake’s channels when he noticed a few large dots on the live-scope. He forged a swimbait within the neighborhood of the fish and one in all them shortly struck it. Stanford posted footage of the following battle on his Facebook page. Test it out for your self under.
Stanford shortly realized that the fish didn’t seem like a largemouth however was too large to be a smallie. As an alternative, the fish was most definitely a hybrid between the 2 species often called a “meanmouth” bass. The fish taped in at 24-3/4 inches lengthy with a girth of 20.5 inches. It weighed 11.07-pounds and stands to smash the present IGFA world file for the species, which is a 7.6-pounder that was caught in 2021—additionally at O.H. Ivie.
“As soon as I received the fish within the web I may inform it was a meanmouth, that was the holy s*** second,” Stanford told Wide Open Spaces. “As quickly as I caught it and put her within the livewell, I known as my dad first to inform him. The subsequent name I made was to [the] Texas Parks and Wildlife Division’s (TPWD) ShareLunker Program to search out out what all wanted to be finished so I may acquire a pattern for genetic testing.”
TPDW officers from the ShareLunker Program met Stanford on the marina to look at the weigh-in and take official measurements of the fish. Additionally they clipped a small piece of the fish’s pectoral fin to conduct assist confirm the fish’s species. The meanmouth is at the moment a pending lake, state, and world file.
It comes as no shock that the record-class fish got here out of Lake O.H. Ivie, which is hands-down the hottest place to catch trophy bass in the United States. Three world-record meanmouth bass had been caught there within the final two years. Final March, Wyatt Frankens caught the 7.6-pound standing IGFA world record. This January, Brandon Burk broke that file with an 8-pound, 8-ouncer, although that fish didn’t qualify for an IGFA world file as a result of it was caught on an Alabama rig with 5 lures, and the IGFA solely permits three. Now, Stanford’s fish rounds out the trio. Lake O.H. Ivie has additionally produced a whopping variety of trophy-class 10-plus-pound largemouth bass, and simply final week, Subject & Stream reported on a lake-record 17-pounder that was the most important bass caught within the Lone Star State since 1992.
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After weighing in his pending file meanmouth, Stanford put the fish again into his livewell, zipped again out to the place he caught it, and safely launched the fish. He mentioned the entire chain-of-events, from hooking the fish to releasing it, passed off in lower than two hours. He’s planning to get a duplicate of the fish made primarily based on its images and measurements.