Back when professional angler Paul Bailey caught a 11-pound, four ounce spotted Bass last year, he promised a video of the massive fish and its release. If that weight is accurate, Bailey’s bass would have exceeded both the current California state record and the world record recognized by the International Game Fish Association (IGFA). Unfortunately however, nearly everything that could go wrong did go wrong, and the angler was unable to have a state biologist certify the fish before putting it back in the water. Faced with killing the bass or possibly losing his claim to the record, Bailey decided to release the fish and hope for the best.

The video of the catch and of it being weighed was sent in to the IGFA for review. Unfortunately, the anglers say that since IGFA rules stipulate that a fish must be weighed on dry land to qualify, Bailey did not get the record.

You can see the original article on Bailey’s bass here.

Image screenshot of video by StokedOnFishing on YouTube

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