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As the Sacramento Bee also reported, San Jose angler Nick Dulleck landed what could turn out to be a world-record spotted bass, weighing in at 11 pounds, 4 ounces and landed at New Bullards Bar Reservoir in the Sierra foothills of Yuba County.
Bassmaster.com has more info on the big bass:
Nick Dulleck was 100 percent certain the world record spotted bass lived in New Bullards Bar Reservoir in northern California, and he believed he had a 1-in-a-million chance to catch it.
But the 33-year-old from San Jose, Calif., came prepared on his birthday weekend trip and beat those odds. Dulleck caught, recorded and released an 11-pound, 4-ounce spotted bass that he hopes will become the IGFA all tackle world record.
“The IGFA already has everything. They have my packet, my scale. They have already seen the videos. It’s 99.9 percent in my head right now. I think I’m good,” said the trading specialist with Loring Ward, who paid $105 to ship his entry.
The International Game Fish Association in Dania, Fla., is the keeper of fish records. Its current listing for spotted bass is a 10-6 caught at New Bullards Bar by Timothy R. Little on Jan. 12, 2015.
Larger spotted bass have since been caught there, namely Cody Meyer’s 10.80 on Dec. 16, 2016 among them. In 2015, Paul Bailey caught a spotted bass there that weighed 11-4, but he couldn’t get its weight certified. California state records list Louis Ferrante as the spotted bass record-holder for the 11-3 he caught from New Bullards Bar in February, 2015.
Bullards Bar has been producing world-record-caliber spots already in the last few months.