World Record Bass At The Classic
Written by Dave Mercer on February 8, 2011
OK so lets be honest we have all dreamed of one day laying our hands on a world record fish while our buddy takes our picture! Well, according to the fine people at Bassmaster.com it looks like bass fishing freaks like you and I will have a chance to do just that at this year’s Bassmaster Classic in New Orleans. World Record holder Manabu Kurita & his famous fish (mount) will be traveling all the way from Japan and hanging out in the Yamaha Booth to say hello and cheese for your pictures. So here is my question to you guys; is getting your picture taken with the mount and Manabu something that you would want to do? Is this truly an amazing piece of fishing history or is it a dusty old mount just like the one in every tackle shop except bigger, much BIGGER?!
Please leave a comment and let us know what you think
By Ken Duke
The mount of Manabu Kurita’s world-record bass will be on display in the Yamaha booth at the 2011 Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo presented by Dick’s Sporting Good
Have you ever seen a 22-pound, 4.97-ounce largemouth bass? Few have, but you can join their ranks by attending the 2011 Bassmaster Classic in New Orleans, La., and stopping by the Yamaha booth at the Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods.
Yamaha, which recently obtained the mount, will be displaying the bass caught by Manabu Kurita from Japan’s Lake Biwa on July 2, 2009. The fish was certified as a tie for the world record in January 2010 by the International Game Fish Association. It shares the top spot in the record books with a 22-4 largemouth caught by George W. Perry from Montgomery Lake, Ga., in 1932. (Though Kurita’s bass was slightly heavier than Perry’s, the IGFA requires a two-ounce differential in weight for records weighing less than 25 pounds.)
While the details of Kurita’s catch are well known, fans may not realize that he caught the leviathan from a Yamaha-powered Skeeter bass boat. This led Yamaha to contact Kurita about a professional relationship.
Kurita is now a member of the Yamaha pro staff and will soon be fishing from a Skeeter FX21 powered by a Yamaha VMAX SHO.
“I am very happy to be a Yamaha pro,” said Kurita, from his home in Kyoto, Japan. “I caught the fish in a Yamaha-powered Skeeter. The outboard has served me well.”
The record setting angler is focused on catching an even bigger bass than his Biwa giant and will work with Yamaha as he pursues that goal.
“I have seen even larger bass in Lake Biwa than the one that I caught,” Kurita said. “I know I will be able to find one again.”
Kurita’s mount will be on display at the Yamaha and Skeeter booths during all three days of the Bassmaster Classic Expo. The angler will be available for autographs and photos. It’ll be his first opportunity to observe the Classic.
“This is a dream come true for me,” said Kurita, who speaks little English. “I look forward to seeing this great event and meeting some of the best anglers in the world.”
A few days after the Classic, on February 24, Kurita will be visiting hallowed American trophy bass ground as he attends a Rotary Club luncheon in McRae, Ga., near Montgomery Lake, where Perry caught his record.
“I want to see where George Perry caught his fish,” said Kurita. “His record still stands after many, many years.”
Also attending the luncheon will be George L. (“Dazy”) Perry, son of the late George W. Perry, and Bill Baab, recognized authority on the Perry bass and author of Remembering George W. Perry (www.whitefishpress.com). Following lunch, Kurita will view Perry memorabilia at the nearby Helena (Ga.) Museum and visit Montgomery Lake.
Yamaha has not decided where the record mount will reside on a full-time basis, but has not ruled out the possibility of having it tour so that fans all over America can see it.