Most of the content I have shared on my blog is entirely original. In order for me to share somebody else's video, it has to be pretty special. I felt like this video qualifies. It's currently trending on YouTube. I saw it last week when it was only a couple of days old. Now it has been seen by more than 125,000 viewers.
If you like seeing big bass, then this should be enough to make you drool. Take a few minutes to enjoy seeing a truly special fish.
The video brings up a couple of really interesting points.
- If you want to catch a world record fish and submit it to IGFA, you better follow the rules. In this case weighing the fish in a boat on the water (and not on dry land) cost the angler a world record.
- The fish in question is not a Spotted Bass (Micropterus punctulatus). The fish is an Alabama Bass (M. henshalli)- formerly Alabama Spotted Bass (M. p. henshalli). For details on current taxonomy see the following paper: "The Alabama Bass, Micropterus henshalli (Teleostei: Centrarchidae), from the Mobile River basin."
So... you may be wondering how I know (or at least why I believe) the fish in the video is an Alabama Bass.
Well... it is pretty well known that the reservoirs of California that are well known for their "Spotted Bass" fishing were originally stocked with fish from Alabama. As a matter of fact, if you do a little research, you will find out that the first "Spotted Bass" stocked in California's Perris Lake originated from Lewis Smith Lake- "Fishing Through Life" Bill's home water. I should also add that the two species of bass just don't even really look alike... but that's just my opinion. Anyone who has caught true Northern Spotted Bass should be able to see that the giant from California just doesn't look like the fish they've caught. The differences which actually distinguish the two species are obviously a bit more technical than just general appearances... but to me it's obvious.
I seriously doubt anything will change with IGFA anytime soon, but based on the current state of taxonomy, there should now be two separate world records for Northern Spotted Bass (M. punctulatus) and Alabama Bass (M. henshalli). Considering that the current world record for "Spotted Bass" is from a California reservoir it is highly likely to actually be an Alabama Bass. Who knows what the largest true Northern Spotted that was ever caught might have been? It's essentially a record that has been lost... one that for now doesn't even exist. I don't expect the fishing community at large or the IGFA to immediately pick up on new taxonomy when it is first introduced, but to me it makes fishing just a bit more interesting. One of my favorite things about fishing is catching as many different species as possible. Adding another unique species to the lifelist of species I've caught is good stuff.
If you have any questions or want to debate taxonomy or whatever, please leave a comment below. I'm looking forward to reconnecting with my readers.