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Old 03-22-2006, 03:48 PM
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World Record Bass Caught: Follow Up

Almost as quickly as it began, the chase is over for a new standard for largemouth bass.

Less than two days after boating a 25.1-pound bucketmouth on tiny Dixon Lake in southern California, angler Mac Weakley has decided not to pursue the world record for largemouth bass.

If it had stood, Monday's catch would have smashed the legendary 22¼-pound milestone that George Perry hauled in from Montgomery Lake in Georgia in June 1932.

But Weakley's catch was controversial — no certified scale, no measurements, it was unintentionally foul-hooked, and, ultimately it was released — none of which would have disqualified the catch.

Yet after seeing a mixed review of his accomplishment on the Internet, ol' Mac decided to let things go, including any riches that may have been associated with the catch.

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