Lunker. Hawg. Bucket-mouth.
Ask any seasoned angler, and they'll know exactly what you're talking about - a "big" bass. But the phrase "big bass" is actually a pretty relative term...
In southwestern Pennsylvania, a 5 pound largemouth can land you in a magazine. I know this, because I've done it - and at the time? I thought I had caught a MONSTER!
But before you snicker, consider the Pennsylvania state record largemouth bass:
11 lb. 3 oz.
Caught in 1983*...
You read that correctly; 1983.
The state record in Texas? 18.18 lbs**. Nearly twice the size.
Which is what made relocating to the lone star state that much more appealing; the opportunity to chase the BIG boys. Currently, my personal best largemouth bass stands at 7.4 pounds (shown in the photo above for this post); a record I hope to break many times over. Obviously, I can't make any promises on exactly what I'll catch - but I can promise that I'll try to make the ride as entertaining as possible.
So here's to all my fellow die-hard anglers!
Catch you on the water,
*Pennsylvania State Record Fish. (n.d.). Retrieved January 9, 2019, from https://www.fishandboat.com/Fish/PennsylvaniaFishes/StateRecordFish/Pages/default.aspx
**Top 50 Largemouth Bass. (n.d.). Retrieved January 9, 2019, from https://tpwd.texas.gov/fishboat/fish/programs/fishrecords/freshwater/top50_largemouth.phtml