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.