Last week the industry was rocked by yet another double-digit spotted bass of World Record Proportions! News of Cody Meyer's bass spread like wildfire. The word is he was out fishing with good friend, JR Wright when a truly massive spotted bass made a mistake and found herself swimming laps in Cody's livewell.
Based on the feedback we received this past week, anglers seemed to think we would be upset or offended by Cody's awesome catch or that it was somehow an affront to what we're doing at TacticalBassin. The truth is that any monster fish, no matter who catches it, should be celebrated by the entire industry as we learn more about what this incredible species of bass is capable of!
When Tim Little (current IGFA World Record Spotted Bass Holder) got the call from Cody that he'd caught a fish of possible world record proportions and needed help, Tim quickly grabbed his scales and other necessary equipment and hit the road to Bullards Bar. The story is nearly identical to what happened roughly a year earlier when we got the call from Wes Roberson about his 11.00lb Spotted Bass (currently under review as the NEW IGFA All-Tackle World Record Spotted Bass).
When a fish of a lifetime is caught everything else stands still. You do everything in your power to make sure that fish is honored and taken care of. It doesn't matter who made the catch, how far away they caught it, or what the weather might be, you make sure that fish receives the highest treatment and that it gets its best shot at whatever record it may qualify for. That is what trophy bass fishing is truly about. The sport only grows when anglers come together and ensure that these monster fish are honored appropriately.
Back to Meyer... he is well known for his history of bass fishing tournament victories on spotted bass fisheries, as well as his exploits into trophy spotted bass fishing. It's no surprise that he would catch a monster Spotted Bass, but on this day he caught not only his personal best but one of the world's largest spotted bass at 10.80 pounds! Whether this bass becomes a world record or not, its truly a fish of a lifetime!
Cody reported catching the trophy bass on...