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STATE RECORD BASS CAUGHT AND RELEASED
the big one that got caught and got away at the same time. Sound like a
While several lakes in Tennessee may harbor a new state record largemouth
bass just exactly where has been the topic of conversation among the ranks
of anglers for decades.
Less than two weeks ago one lake in particular was verified as the site of
a lunker tipping the scales at 16-pounds, 15-ounces. And where is this
fertile fishery located where the big hog sleeps?
Is it Kentucky Lake? Perhaps Dale Hollow, Barkley, or Percy Priest? Maybe
Pickwick or just a private lake or farm pond? The answer is ďnone of the
Nearby Brownís Creek Lake is holding the mammoth moss back and guess what:
itís a public fishing lake open to you and me. Thatís right. Any backlash
Bozo can go there as itís one of several state lakes managed by TWRA.
Tucked away in Henderson Countyís Natchez Trace State Park is where youíll
find this 167-acre puddle. Itís been known to have some pretty good
bluegill and a hefty black crappie or two but bass of the magnitude?
The big catch came less than two weeks ago while TWRA biologists were
conducting routine electro-shocking to monitor the fishery. They weighed
and measured it, took scale samples and released it. Thatís right; they
It measured 28-inches and had it been caught by an angler it was have
shattered the current state record of 14 pounds, 8 ounces that was caught
way back in 1954, which incidentally is the year I was born. Wouldnít it
be fitting for me to catch and break the new state record that inked
itself in the record book some 55 years ago?
According to data the recent discovery came within four days of the
anniversary of James Burnettís catch, which was taken in Sugar Creek in
Lawrence County back on October 17, 1954. Did I mention the state bass
record and I share the same age? Okay, Iíll move on.
Personnel from TWRA weighed the fish on two different sets of scales to
verify its weight.
I suspect Brownís Creek will now be the destination of every bass club
between here and Bangor, Maine. One hint before they get there; the
parking lot has only seven spots! No kidding.
Meanwhile, this trophy bucket mouth has lived a long and interesting life
swimming the tiny waters and has been smart enough to dodge a lot of hooks
Odds are the sly savage will now see more lures tossed at him (maybe itís
a female) than hang on the pegboards at Bass Pro Shop. Sooner or later one
Meanwhile, if some of these southern boys---Charlie Bubba in
particular---should be fortunate to be on the other end of a rig when Jaws
bites Iíll bet there wonít be enough yellow corn meal and grease in West
Tennessee to answer the call.
A state record bass caught and released? By a state fish and wildlife
agency perhaps but by Charlie Bubba it ainít likely.
State records might end up at the taxidermist for some while others here
in the Deep South would find it goes well with fried taters, beans, hush
puppies and washed down with a cool one. Better hope oleí Bubba donít get
a bit on his custom cane pole and bobber combo.
Should that be the case next stop is Skilletville, TN!
Steve McCadams is a professional hunting and fishing guide here in the Paris Landing
area. He has also contributed many outdoor oriented articles to
various national publications.