recordbass_japan[1]If we can take the International Game Fish Association at its word, this week we should hear their final decision regarding Manabu Kurita’s July 2 catch weighing 10.12 kg or 22 pounds, 4 ounces (as IGFA likes to call it.)

Of course, when you do the conversions, what we had heard about the fish weighing 22 pounds, 5 ounces, was not exactly accurate. In fact, 10.12 kilograms converts to 22.3 pounds (22 and 3/10’s of a pound) or 22 pounds, 4.8 ounces.

Personally, I would have no problem recognizing a 22-pound, 5-ounce bass as larger than the existing world record weighing 22 pounds, 4 ounces. I mean, in the NBA, which guy is taller, a guy 6-11 or a true 7 footer? But when it’s less than an ounce, and the George Perry fish was not a tournament catch measured in tenths of a pound, maybe it really is better to call it even.

Of course, Kurita’s fish may still not stand up. The IGFA has had record-keeping duties since 1978 when it took over the freshwater records from Field & Stream Magazine. But it would also be quite naive to say the members of that organization are free from the politics of fishing.

Rather than make a bold call, I think they will hedge their bet, and in fact, the record keepers may be rehearsing their declaration–yay or nay–this very weekend. I say that, given it was back on Sept. 15  that IGFA’s Becky Wright (World Record Coordinator) said,  “We hope to make an announcement in three to four weeks.”

Well, folks: time’s up.


5 Responses to “New World Record bass this week…maybe”

lol Good call George, You are probably right.

by Robert Schneider

Why not just put it in the record books as 10.12 kg (22 pounds 4.8 ounces). It was weighed metric and anything else is just rounded off to some additional percent error.

Splitting hairs.

Any declaration will have somebody’s hairdo in a bunch. The needle will not have moved enough to change the target weight for record breaking hopefuls.

Robert Schneider’s point makes too much sense. Good Thinking!

I wonder if he kept the bass?

by George Kramer

The fish was kept. Japan is now staunchly anti-non-native species.