The documentation on the much heralded largemouth bass caught in Japan this past July has arrived at the International Game Fish Association headquarters in Dania Beach, Fla., for pending world record recognition.
It could tie the current 77-year old world record set by Georgia’s George Perry in 1932, long considered the “Holy Grail” of bass fishing.
Late Monday, the IGFA, the 70-year old non-profit fisheries conservation, education and record-keeping body, received the application for the largemouth bass caught July 2 by Manabu Kurita, 32, of Aichi, Japan.
IGFA rules for fish caught outside the U.S. allows anglers 90 days to submit their applications from the date of their catch.
IGFA conservation director Jason Schratwieser said the World All-Tackle application is currently under review after it was received through the Japan Game Fish Association (JGFA).
Schratwieser said the application stated the bass weighed 22 pounds, 4 ounces and was pulled from Lake Biwa, an ancient reservoir northeast of Kyoto.
Photos and video were also submitted with the written documentation.
Kurita’s fish would tie the current record held for more than 77 years by George Perry, caught on Georgia’s Montgomery Lake on June 2, 1932, near Jacksonville, Georgia.
IGFA World Records Coordinator Becky Wright reported Kurita’s fish measured 27.20 inches in length and an almost equal girth of 26.77 inches.
She said Kurita was using a blue gill as live bait trolling through a canal.
A decision by the IGFA of whether Kurita’s fish will tie Perry’s record may take up to a month.
The Japan Game Fish Association collects and reviews record applications for fish caught in Japan before submitting it to the IGFA, Schratwieser said.
“It works out well because they not only translate applications but can also contact the angler if more documentation is needed,” he said.
“We still have a number of questions to ask them and Kurita regarding local laws and the area he caught it in while he was trolling through a canal on the lake.”
The IGFA has been recognized as the official keeper of world saltwater fishing records since its founding in 1939.
In 1978 it added the field of freshwater record-keeping when Field & Stream magazine transferred its 68 years of records to the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum.