Angler Break State Record Largemouth by Almost a Pound

Mark Ward with his Kentucky State Record Bass

The largemouth bass is probably the most sought after game fish in North America, so when a state record gets broken it is a big deal. It is something every angler dreams about, but only a few have it happen to them.

According to Wired to Fish, Mark Ward was fishing on Good Friday at
Highsplint Lake in Harlan County, Kentucky. On his first cast he threw a lizard at what looked like a 4-pounder. The fish showed interest than a behemoth of a fish swam up and took it and the fight was on.

Mark was able to land the giant fish a that weighed in at 14 lbs 9.5 oz. beating the old record of 13 lbs 10 oz (1984).

“When I saw it in person, what first caught my eye were the eyes on that fish were huge,” said Kevin Frey, Eastern Fisheries District coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “It would look like a shark if you saw it swimming in the water. The thickness of the fish was really impressive.”

Congratulations Mark on the fish of a lifetime.