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Friday
Oct052012

A Touch of Mink --- and Catfish

Photo by Robert Montgomery

Seeing this mink with its catfish breakfast was the highlight of my morning in the White River National Wildlife Refuge. Fishing for us humans was slow, as two of us managed just three fish.

For the afternoon, I moved to the Arkansas River and caught about 20 spotted and largemouth bass, with largest just under 3 pounds.

It was a long, long day, starting at 4:30 a.m. and ending about 8 p.m., but any day in the outdoors, and especially on the water, is a good one.

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ALL-TIME TOP-25 BIGGEST/HEAVIEST LARGEMOUTH BASS EVER CAUGHT (OR REPORTEDLY CAUGHT) IN FLORIDA

Compiled by "Ocklawahaman" Paul Nosca
Revised: 30 September 2012

LARGEMOUTH BASS: THE LIST OF THE BIGGEST/HEAVIEST REPORTED FLORIDA CATCHES

"Ocklawahaman" Paul Nosca compiled the following list by carefully studying available data from various "offline" & "online" sources. It is the most complete historical listing of the all-time top-25 (or so) biggest or heaviest largemouth bass ever reportedly caught in Florida–that he knows of. This list includes any available reported catches whether undocumented, documented, non-certified or certified. Before numbers 1 to 30 is a section beginning with letters A to H of extremely big undocumented largemouth bass. The reported weights of all of these "lettered" bass exceed that of Florida's heaviest-ever documented record largemouth bass. "Ocklawahaman" Paul Nosca is ready to update this report whenever new or more accurate data is discovered about 17-pound & heavier largemouth bass reported caught in Florida (past or present)–or it is brought to his attention by others.
NOTE: "Ocklawahaman" Paul Nosca has never caught a largemouth bass that qualifies to be included on this Top-25 (17-lb & over) list!


Abbreviations: lb = pound, oz = ounce, in = inch, L = length, G = girth, Co = county.

(No.) Reported Weight; Length (if known); Girth (if known); County (if known); Water (if known); Catch Date by Angler (Comment).

(A) 24-lb 12-oz; 39.5 in L; 30 in G: Osceola Co; West Lake Toho; 4-20-1974 by Raymond Tomer (GFC couldn’t certify weight).

(B) 23-lb 2-oz; 37.5 in L; 29.5 in G; Lake Co; "near Altoona"; circa 1880 by H.W. Ross (reported by Dr. J.A. Henshall in his 1881-1913 Book Of The Black Bass--16.5-inch girth head of this fish was sent to the office of Forest and Stream in New York which merged with Field & Stream in 1930).

(C) 22-lb; Volusia Co; "small lake near Pierson"; Dec 1981 by Billy Johnson (GFC couldn’t certify weight).

(D) 21-lb 8-oz, Alachua Co; Orange Lake; 1954 (reported by Breard Snellings in "Sarasota Journal" 3-26-1975: "...was not caught on rod and reel").

(E) 21-lb 3-oz; 38.25 in L; Marion Co; Ocklawaha River; 1-2-1975 by Thomas A. Johnson (GFC couldn’t certify weight, before it was eaten, although there is a good photo of this extremely long bass very much longer than a 21-inch height Ford pickup tailgate–"...there just wasn’t enough proof that the fish weighed more than the current [1975] 19 1/2-pound record [sic]").

(F) 20-lb 7-oz; Hamilton Co; "Occidental pit"; Apr 1993 by "Howard".

(G) 20-lb 5-oz; by unknown angler.

(H) 20-lb 4-oz; by unknown angler.


(1) 20-lb 2-oz; 31 in L; 27 in G; Pasco Co; Big Fish Lake; 5-19-1923 by Frederick "Fritz" Friebel (documented current non-certified Florida state record; 1923 Field & Stream annual fishing contest winner).

(2) 20-lb 1-oz; 29 in L; 23 in G; Indian River Co; Farm 13/Stick Marsh; 4-10-1994 by Ed Johnson.

(3) 19-lb 15-oz; Hillsborough Co; Keystone Lake; 1927 by R.E. Lucas (documented; 1927 Field & Stream fishing contest winner).

(4) 19-lb 12-oz; by unknown angler.

(5) 19-lb 11-oz; 29 in L; 23.25 in G; Indian River Co; Farm 13/Stick Marsh; 7-5-1994 by Doug Thompson.

(6) 19-lb 8-oz; 29 in L; 23 in G; Indian River Co; Farm 13/Stick Marsh; May 1994 by Ed Johnson.

(7) 19-lb 6-oz; by unknown angler.

(8) 19-lb 4-oz; Taylor Creek Reservoir; 6-30-1974 by Phil Jay (documented).

(9) 19-lb 2-oz; by unknown angler.

(10) 19-lb; Lake Co; Baccus Lake; mid-1970’s by unknown angler.
(10) 19-lb; 31 in L; Pinellas Co; Lake Tarpon; 6-26-1961 by W.A. Riley Witt (documented former non-certified Florida state record; 1961 Field & Stream annual fishing contest winner).

(11) 18-lb 15-oz; Pinellas Co; Lake Tarpon, 1961 by unknown angler.

(12) 18-lb 13-oz; 29.5 in L; 26.5 in G; Clay Co; St. Johns River; 4-12-1987 by Buddy Wright (documented).

(13) 18-lb 8-oz; Polk Co; Orange Grove Lake; Jan 2008 by Jeffrey Smith ("IGFA - 10 LB. BASS CLUB" list). http://myfwc.com/fishing/freshwater/black-bass/introduction/
(13) 18-lb 8-oz; Alachua Co; Newnan’s Lake; by Wayne Jacobs.
(13) 18-lb 8-oz; Leon Co; Lake Jackson; Mar 1967 by unknown angler.

(14) 18-lb 5-oz; Madison Co; 3-25-1968 by Bobbie Haskell (documented; 1968 Field & Stream annual fishing contest winner).

(15) 18-lb 4-oz; St. Johns River; 12-16-1948 by J.W. Smith (documented; 1948 Field & Stream annual fishing contest winner).

(16) 18-lb 2-oz; Marion Co; private pond; 1-14-1989 by Ted Lee.
(16) 18-lb 2-oz; Taylor Creek Reservoir; 6-25-1974 by Phil Jay (documented).
(16) 18-lb 2-oz; Clay Co; Lake Brooklyn; 3-12-1966 by Hugh Paul (documented; 1966 Field & Stream annual fishing contest winner).

(17) 18-lb 1-oz; Polk Co; Orange Grove Lake; by Jeffrey Smith ("IGFA - 10 LB. BASS CLUB" list).
(17) 18-lb 1-oz; Indian River Co; Farm 13/Stick Marsh; 4-4-1994 by Robert Bloom.
(17) 18-lb 1-oz; Indian River Co; Lake Blue Cypress; by unknown angler.

(18) 18-lb; Polk Co; Orange Grove Lake; by Steve Smith ("IGFA - 10 LB. BASS CLUB" list).
(18) 18-lb; 30 in L; 25 in G; Putnam Co; Tucker Lake (Big Pond); 1964 (prior to 20 August) by Lonnie Lee Petty (documented; 1964 Field & Stream annual fishing contest winner).
(18) 18-lb; Lake George (St. Johns River); 5-3-1958 by Marlin Coston.
(18) 18-lb; Putnam Co; Ashley Lake; 3-25-1951 by Carl Swisher (documented; 1951 Field & Stream annual fishing contest winner).
(18) 18-lb; Polk Co; Lake Marion; by Dave Hickman.
(18) 18-lb; Citrus Co; Homosassa River; by unknown angler.
(18) 18-lb; 32 in L; Withlacoochee River; by unknown angler.

(19) 17-lb 15-oz; Mar 1988 by Donald Brunson (documented).

(20) 17-lb 12-oz; Osceola Co; West Lake Toho; 7-11-1986 by John Faircloth (documented).

(21) 17-lb 9-oz; Lake Co; 1972 by unknown angler.
(21) 17-lb 9-oz; Lake George (St. Johns River); by Babette Morgan.

(22) 17-lb 8-oz; 2007 by Butch Barnhart.
(22) 17-lb 8-oz; 2007 by Wesley Jennings.
(22) 17-lb 8-oz; 28 in L; 25 in G; Orange Co; Lake Rose; 2-17-1985 by Mike Paule (documented).
(22) 17-lb 8-oz; 28 in L; 25 in G; Okaloosa Co; Hurricane Lake; 3-19-1983 by Robert Earl Dunsford (documented).
(22) 17-lb 8-oz; Lake George (St. Johns River); by Justin Morgan.

(23) 17-lb 7-oz; Lake Co; "small sand mine pond"; by Bing McClellan.

(24) 17-lb 6-oz; Polk Co; Lake Winterset; by Jeffrey Smith ("IGFA - 10 LB. BASS CLUB" list).

(25) 17-lb 4-oz; Polk Co; Lake Summit; by Jeffrey Smith ("IGFA - 10 LB. BASS CLUB" list).
(25) 17-lb 4-oz; Orange Co; Raccoon Lake; 3-3-1992 by Linda Richardson (documented).
(25) 17-lb 4-oz; Walton Co; King(s) Lake; 1987 by unknown angler.
(25) 17-lb 4-oz; 30 in L; 22.5 in G; Polk Co; unnamed lake; 7-6-1986 by Billy O’Berry (documented current certified Florida state record).
(25) 17-lb 4-oz; 32 in L; Lake Co; Lake Schermerhorn (Schimmerhorn; Ocala NF); 3-10-1973 by Jack Walters (documented; 1973 Field & Stream annual fishing contest winner).
(25) 17-lb 4-oz; 29.7 in L; by Doug Hannon.
(25) 17-lb 4-oz; 32 in L; Lake Okeechobee; Feb 1971 by J.J. Shaw.
(25) 17-lb 4-oz; Alachua Co; Orange Lake; 1961 by R.W. Campbell.

(26) 17-lb 3-oz; near Winter Haven; by Jeffrey Smith ("IGFA - 10 LB. BASS CLUB" list).
(26) 17-lb 3-oz; Marion Co; Lake Weir; by unknown angler.

(27) 17-lb 2-oz; 29.75 in L; Lake Ocklawaha (Rodman Reservoir); 3-11-2000 by E.C. "Doodle Bug" Dressler.
http://jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/031900/spo_2489774.html
(27) 17-lb 2-oz; "Lake Record in the Holmes Creek area"; 1988 by Randolph Field.
(27) 17-lb 2-oz; Marion Co; Silver Glen Run (Lake George, St. Johns River); 1971 by Justin Morgan.
(27) 17-lb 2-oz; by Carl Wagner.

(28) 17-lb 1-oz; near Winter Haven; by Jeffrey Smith ("IGFA - 10 LB. BASS CLUB" list).

(29) 17-lb; 2007 by Bernie Leff.
(29) 17-lb; Bay Co; Felix Lake (Tyndall AFB); by unknown angler.
(29) 17-lb; 37 in L; 1969 by Don Page.
(29) 17-lb; Withlacoochee River; Nov 1961 by Don Thweatt.
(29) 17-lb; Putnam Co; Crescent Lake (St. Johns River); by unknown angler.
(29) 17-lb; 32 in L; Marion Co; Half Moon Lake (Ocala NF); by unknown angler.
(29) 17-lb; Marion Co; Lake Bryant (Ocala NF); by unknown angler.

(30) 17-lb?; 29.5 in L; Marion Co; Ocklawaha River; Mar 1979 by R.L. Westbrook (winner of Ocala-Marion County 1979 "Big Bass Bonanza").
http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=nSgxAAAAIBAJ&sjid=tAUEAAAAIBAJ&pg=5401,7815732&dq=westbrook+ocklawaha-river+29+bass+fort-mccoy&hl=en


"Ocklawahaman" Paul Nosca maintains a matching list of the
"ALL-TIME TOP-25 BIGGEST/HEAVIEST LARGEMOUTH BASS EVER CAUGHT (OR REPORTEDLY CAUGHT) IN FLORIDA"
with source document links or hardcopy data included for all of these 17-lb & over Florida-reported catches.

INTERESTING READING: Examine the Florida (FL) listings of the "IGFA - 10 LB. BASS CLUB" at
http://www.igfa.org/Clubs/Bass-Club.aspx

END.

https://sites.google.com/site/ocklawahaman/all-time-top-25-biggest-fl-largemouth-bass

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