B.A.S.S. in Australia? That’s right.
But no bass.
We shouldn’t be critical of that, though, because “bass” anglers in the U.S. don’t pursue real bass either. Largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass all are members of the sunfish family. On the other hand, white and striped bass really are bass.
Down Under, anglers pursue the “Australian bass,” known scientifically as Macquaria novemaculeata, a member of the Percichthyidae family.
The Australian non-bass bass shares some characteristics with the U.S. non-bass bass, including a pugnacious attitude and a willingness to strike artificial baits.
But they are distinctly different species, with U.S. fish growing larger. Australian bass typically average 1 to 2 pounds and measure 12 to 14 inches long.
How big do Australian bass get? That’s not entirely clear. This website says that the heaviest ever caught checked in at 8.3 pounds (3.78 kilograms).
A recent report from Australia says that a “fishing world record” recently was set during a B.A.S.S. event at Lake Boondooma, when Stan Kanowski caught one on a spinnerbait that measured nearly 19 inches (48 centimeters) long. It also points out that Kanowski says that he’s caught larger fish and that only recently have length records been kept.
Here’s an article from Bassmaster.com about Australia joining B.A.S.S.