What looks to be the new Rhode Island state record, this huge largemouth bass was caught on top with a Arbograst Magnum Jitterbug. A lot of anglers forget that topwater baits can lure the big boys into biting. Well now after searching for a state record for quite some time, Connecticut angler Brandon Migliore has finally landed his own state record bass. Coming in at an incredible 11.2 pounds, this fish conquers the previous record by more than 8 ounces. The previous Rhode Island State record weighs in at 10.6 pounds and was caught all the way back in 1991, that's quite a stretch. Migliore and his fishing buddy look quite excited! This beautiful bass will make for one hell of a mount, honestly I would of just measured the monster fish and got a replica to keep the good gene pool going, but if the guys decided to keep the monster bass, that's cool too. I first and foremost concentrate on the bass population these days considering pollution and climate change. Right now the monster bass is pending certification by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.
Spencer Berman is just one of the many fishing charter's on Lake St. Clair, they do everything from smallmouth bass on Lake St. Clair to walleye on the Detroit River. But what has everyone crazed over Spencer's charter is the musky fishing they do! If you watch this incredible video they posted on YouTube, you'll see they pull out various 50"+ muskies from the lake st. clair waterway. With the right bait, right location, and right charter you too can be pulling out monster muskie like this from your boat. As I always say, if you're looking for musky fishing tips, rent out a charter for a day, and these guys will fill you in with a wealth of information. Sometimes fishing for these bad boys in the right time of season makes all the difference, right before winter is when these big fish going on a feeding frenzy, and that's where you'll find Spencer Berman and his crew just hammering these monster fish. In 2012 and 2013, the master angler was able land sixty 50+ musky for the season, incredible or what? Check out the musky video to get a feel for what it's like catching these extraordinary fish.
Kenneth Whitehead just caught this largemouth bass last Sunday on Hudson Lake in Oklahoma, the fish was massive, but this wasn't the primary reason people were taking photos of it. The bass had a unique blotchy design to it, still to this day scientists don't know what it is. Named Hyperpigmented Melanosis, scientists claim the fish appear to be healthy and are perfectly safe to eat. Bioligists haven't found any blotchy bass to be unhealthy with the sports, so finding out what's exactly causing this isn't really on anyone's high priority list. Considering an article I read about the smallmouth bass being 80% hermaphrodites on the Potomac River, I'd say we still have a lot to worry about. Seeing something abnormal and ignoring it, because the fish still appear to be healthy is just plain ignorance to me.
This is coming from a fishermen who contacted Lyme Disease 5 years ago and according to the Doctors, I was in perfect health because nothing showed up on the tests. Next few years would taste my patience with doctors and the healtchare system, anyone who knows the whole story with Lyme, knows both scientists and doctors were completely wrong about this disease. 4 years later of antibiotics and I'm just getting my life back!
I think we need to be aware of the fracking going on next to our large lakes and inland lakes. Along with a lot of the pharmceutical drugs that can't be filtered out of our water treatment plants, scientists are finding diabetic drugs like metformin are changing the sex of the fish. To pinpoint what chemical or toxin is causing these black pigmentations is probably really tough, but to say it's not due to some stressor is arrogant and ingnorant to me, especially when bioligists say these fish are safe to eat. Last time I check, you can't eat fish on a daily basis because of mercury.
Anyways, I hate being a debbie downer, just looking to spread a little awareness on the subject. Because even at Lake St. Clair near me, I've caught my share of both smallmouth bass and largemouth bass with the black blotchy spots on the fish. It's very concerning and it's being brought up more on the forums where fishermen are looking for answers.