Angler Catches 14-Pound Largemouth Bass, Breaking 36-Year-Old State Record


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There’s nothing like getting off work to go fishing and snagging a 14-pound largemouth bass

Mark Ward was just going to fish at a nearby lake and relax with his family after getting off work, but he ended up catching a 14-pound largemouth bass.

That’s not a bad catch for some sunset fishing; especially since it broke a 36-year-old Kentucky state record.

It rained all day but it finally cleared up as Ward got off work. He didn’t waste any time and picked up his wife and 9-month-old daughter on the way.

The Ward’s arrived at 6-acre Highsplint Lake in Harlan County on Good Friday, April 19.

It would turn out to be a very good Friday.

He spotted a 4-pounder in the shallows of the murky water.

When lightning strikes, it REALLY strikes

“I pitched a lizard in there and the 4-pounder showed interest,” Ward said. “Then, another came in and looked like a big log. The 4-pound fish triggered her to pick it up. I set the hook and it was on. Good Friday turned into a great Friday for me.”

It only took one cast for Ward to hook a monster.

One cast and he was reeling in the new Kentucky record largemouth bass, weighing 14-pound, 9.5-ounces.

“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.”

The record bass measured in at 26.8 inches long with a girth of 22.5 inches.

Ward caught it with a 6-inch Junebug-colored lizard on baitcasting equipment with 14-pound test monofilament line.

His cath beat the previous record of 13-pounds, 10-ounces, by nearly a pound. The previous bass had been caught by Dale Wilson of London from Wood Creek Lake in Laurel County in 1984.

A day on the water doesn’t get better than that!


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