In the following video, anglers Ben Royce and Eric Haataja land a smallmouth bass that they think weighs more than the current Wisconsin state record.

Measuring 24 inches long and with a 20-inch girth, Royce and Haataja weighed the fish to be at least over nine pounds. Wisconsin’s current record stands at nine pounds and one ounce, which was caught in 1950 by an unidentified angler in Indian Lake. For comparison, the world record noted by the International Game Fish Association is 11 pounds and 15 ounces.

Royce and Haataja were fishing in southern Wisconsin last Friday when the fish was caught on a Berkeley Havoc Sick Fish Jr. on a pre-spawn bite.

“It’s the biggest smallmouth bass I’ve had in my boat, ever,” Haataja said in the video.

The fish was released safely to fight another day.

Image screenshot of video by Eric Haataja on YouTube

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