Florida FWC catches, releases 12-pound, 15-ounce largemouth

Category: press release

 Feb 2nd, 2016 by OutdoorsFIRST 

Modified Feb 2nd, 2016 at 12:00 AM

Our freshwater fisheries researchers caught a 12-pound, 15-ounce largemouth bass last year

during annual spring electrofishing as part of a study investigating the benefit of catch and release conservation of trophy-sized bass. It turns out this bass had quite a history! It was first tagged in the fall of 2010 and caught and released by an angler in 2011. Over four years it gained 5-7 pounds, which is better than the average growth rate for a trophy-sized fish. It survived, thrived and provided us with valuable data that will aid in our trophy bass conservation efforts. It also bears a new tag, so its story may continue further.

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