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« on: July 30, 2018, 10:21:20 AM »
Hey guys, novice bass fishermen here just want to start a topic about big bass. Pretty much here to find out what's the biggest Australian bass caught and if it's rare to catch bass of 60cm or more. Does anyone have any photos of 60cm+ bass?
I myself have only ever been bass fishing a handful of times as I prefer saltwater fishing/spearing but on those few times I did I was catching bass all the way up to 64cm (mainly 40-55s) and quite consistently too. I'll have to get the photos off my old phone and upload.

Please feel free to post all of your big bass photos, I'd love to see them   :youbeauty

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Re: Big Bass
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2018, 06:48:44 AM »
I have never, ever seen a genuine photo of a 60cm Bass on a measuring mat.  I've seen a few people try to manipulate mats so that the fish looks to be 60cm.  I've also seen people claim to have caught a 60, but didn't have a mat, or a camera handy.  Barry Oxford has caught more Bass than just about any person alive, and he too has never seen a 60cm specimen.  They're called Unicorns for a very good reason.

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Re: Big Bass
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2018, 10:21:19 AM »
I'll have to get the photos off my old simcard and upload them! All photos were taken on a bragmat too  :thumbsup

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Re: Big Bass
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2018, 09:03:12 PM »
Can't wait to see the photos. Every bass fisherman in Australia would like to see a 60cm bass measured.

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Re: Big Bass
« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2018, 03:52:14 PM »
I'd be interested to hear what people think about which impoundment holds the biggest bass.
Around a decade ago I was haunting the North Pine Dam area and over a period of 2 or so years caught up to a dozen "mid fifties' bass. Fishing was great back then when the dam was down to about 30% capacity.
My largest was 55cm, would also love to see a picture of a genuine 60+ cm bass.

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Re: Big Bass
« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2018, 06:37:17 PM »
Still waiting for Old Mate to find his SIM card.... :(
Moogerah was a dam known for big bass back before the fish kill. Plenty of boney bream for food.
Just up the road is Maroon known for it's little bass.

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Re: Big Bass
« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2018, 07:19:15 AM »
I have seen a few really large bass caught at north pine dam myself and one day i saw a guy with a couple of fish that easily covered the floor of a large esky with heads and tails sitting upright against the sides of the box. They may have looked bigger than they were and they were not taken out of the box and measured in front of me but they did look huge. Earn grant in his guide to fishes book says bass have been recorded up to 10 kilos but says they are more commonly caught at a weight a lot less than that. I can,t argue with a man of his calibre but bass like that would be rare now,a bit like the murray cod of the old days which grew to well over 100 pounds in the old scale. Maybe there might be a few big ones left in remote areas and backwaters in some dams. Hooking up to one of them would certainly test our 3 pound lines and 1000 spin reels!

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Re: Big Bass
« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2018, 05:41:57 PM »
What edition of Grant's book are you quoting from? I checked my 1972 2nd edition and it basically says they have been recorded to 8lb (wow!) and 3 lb is considered a good fish (agree with that). I'm reading "Bethune on Bass" at the moment and he's just caught his biggest of 5lb (haven't finished the book yet).

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Re: Big Bass
« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2018, 06:03:21 PM »
I stand corrected. I checked my "Fishes of Australia"  and he does say 10 kg. They were a commercially caught fish back in the day but that is unbelievable.

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Re: Big Bass
« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2018, 06:04:49 PM »
Hi, there. I have the 11th edition from 2008, which, funnily enough, I helped print and despatch at the time so when a few overs were left behind, I rescued one of the books that was heading for the bin. Page 807 has the info on the bass and, like you I must admit I had never heard of bass in that size range myself. I'd like to know where and when these fish had been recorded at 10 kilo weights as well.

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Re: Big Bass
« Reply #10 on: August 07, 2018, 06:42:36 PM »
How long would a 10kg bass be? I can't even guess.

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Re: Big Bass
« Reply #11 on: August 07, 2018, 06:52:20 PM »
Yes, I wonder myself. It would put up one hell of a fight though!

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Re: Big Bass
« Reply #12 on: September 03, 2018, 12:39:16 PM »
The pending World Record Bass was recently caught at Lake Somerset and weighed 4.4kg.  It was less that 60cm long.  I wonder if JJ has found his SIM card yet.................

 

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