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Florida’s Top 25 Biggest or Largest Largemouth Bass

Florida’s Top 25 Biggest or Largest Largemouth Bass

Author: Paul R. Nosca (Ocklawahaman)

Florida's Record Bass-sign in San-Antonio, FL honoring Fritz Friebel 20-2 lb largemouth bass caught in May 1923.

Most of us are river and creek bass anglers who fish from a small boat, canoe, kayak, stream bank or by wading. We are into the aesthetic nature of our preferred type of bass fishing and probably aren’t severely inflicted with “big bass fever”. Catching a new World Record 23-pound plus largemouth is likely NOT our usual motivation for going fishing or even anywhere near the top of our “bucket list”. But as serious riverine “bassers”, we sometimes might be a little curious about the dimensions of “monster” largemouth bass reportedly caught by those “other guys” and where they caught them.

Have you ever searched for a modern detailed listing of the ALL-TIME TOP-25 BIGGEST/HEAVIEST LARGEMOUTH BASS EVER CAUGHT ONLY IN FLORIDA WATERS? For more than a year now, I have investigated for and still haven’t found any reasonably up to date Florida-only “lunker” list available to the public.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission/FWC (formerly known as the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission/GFC) has recorded our state record fish, issued “Big Catch” certificates (used to be called “Fishing Citations”), and received taxidermist’s reports for many decades; yet the FWC has no such Top-10, 25 or 50 journal of huge bass taken in Florida for anglers to look at. NO bass fishing organization that I’m aware of offers any Florida-only “biggest” list either. As a Florida bass fisherman since 1965 who avidly reads “tons” of fish biology and fisheries management information, I am interested in viewing a comprehensive inventory of largemouth “behemoths” caught in my home state over the years.

Being a retired Data Processing Administrator, my temporary solution to this quest has been to diligently research and document (myself) any data available about reported Florida catches of giant largemouth bass from 17 pounds up. My own list appears below for your curiosity and I also maintain a matching “spreadsheet” with the source documentation for almost all of these “hawgs”.

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“Ocklawahaman” Paul Nosca assembled the following information by carefully studying available published data from various “offline” and “online” sources.  It is the most complete historical listing of the All-Time Top-25 (or so) Biggest/Heaviest Florida Largemouth Bass ever reportedly caught in the State of Florida–that he knows of.  “Ocklawahaman” Paul Nosca is ready to update and edit this report whenever he discovers new data about huge “lunker” Florida Largemouth Bass reported caught in this state (past or present)–or it is brought to his attention by others.

Ocklawahaman's Mounted Bass

List of the ALL-TIME TOP-25 BIGGEST/HEAVIEST FLORIDA LARGEMOUTH BASS EVER CAUGHT (or reportedly caught?) IN FLORIDA last updated by “Ocklawahaman” on 11-11-2010:

Abbreviations: lb = pound, oz = ounce, in = inch, L = length, G = girth, Co = county.

No.) REPORTED Weight; Length (if known); Girth (if known); County (if known); Water (if known); Catch Date by Angler (Comment):

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? A.) 24-lb 12-oz; 39.5 in L; 30 in G; Osceola Co; West Lake Tohopekaliga; 4-20-1974 by Raymond Tomer (FL GFC could not verify weight).

? B.) 23-lb 2-oz; 37.5 in L; 29.5 in G; Lake Co; “near Altoona”; 1880’s by H.W. Ross (reported by Dr. J.A. Henshall in the 1881-1913 “Book Of The Black Bass”–16.5-inch girth head of this fish was sent to the office of “Forest & Stream” in New York which merged with “Field & Stream” in 1930).

? C.) 22-lb; Volusia Co; “small lake near Pierson”; Dec 1981 by Billy Johnson (FL GFC could not verify weight).

? D.) 21-lb 3-oz; 38.25 in L; Marion Co; Ocklawaha River; 1-2-1975 by Thomas A. Johnson (FL GFC could not verify weight, before it was eaten, although there is a good PHOTO of this EXTREMELY LONG BASS very much longer than a 21-inch height Ford pickup tailgate–“just wasn’t enough proof that the fish WEIGHED MORE than the current 19-pound record”).

? E.) 20-lb 7-oz; Hamilton Co; “Occidental pit”; Apr 1993 by “Howard” (FL GFC could not verify weight).

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1.) 20-lb 2-oz; 31 in L; 27 in G; Pasco Co; Big Fish Lake; 5-19-1923 by Frederick “Fritz” Friebel (current “non-certified” FL Record).

2.) 19-lb 11-oz; 29 in L; 23.25 in G; Indian River Co; Farm 13/Stick Marsh (St. Johns River Basin); 7-5-1994 by Doug Thompson (catch and release).

3.) 19-lb 4-oz; Taylor Creek Reservoir (St. Johns River Basin); 6-30-1974 by Phil Jay.

4.) 19-lb; Pinellas Co; Lake Tarpon; 6-26-1961 by W.A. Riley Witt (former “non-certified” FL Record).

5.) 18-lb 15-oz; Pinellas Co; Lake Tarpon, 1961 by unknown angler.

6.) 18-lb 13-oz; 29.5 in L; 26.5 in G; Clay Co; St. Johns River; 4-12-1987 by Buddy Wright.

7.) 18-lb 8-oz; Polk Co; Orange Grove Lake; Jan 2008 by Jeffrey Smith (catch and release).
7.) 18-lb 8-oz; Alachua Co; Newnan’s Lake; pre-1986 by Wayne Jacobs.
7.) 18-lb 8-oz; Leon Co; Lake Jackson; Mar 1967 by unknown angler.

8.) 18-lb 5-oz; Madison Co; 3-25-1968 by Bobbie Haskell.

9.) 18-lb 4-oz; St. Johns River; 12-16-1948 by J.W. Smith.

10.) 18-lb 2-oz; Clay Co; Lake Brooklyn; 3-12-1966 by Hugh Paul.
10.) 18-lb 2-oz; Taylor Creek Reservoir (St. Johns River Basin); 6-25-1974 by Phil Jay.

11.) 18-lb 1-oz; Polk Co; Orange Grove Lake; since 2000? by Jeffrey Smith (catch and release).
11.) 18-lb 1-oz; Indian River Co; Farm 13/Stick Marsh (St. Johns River Basin); 4-4-1994 by Robert Bloom (catch and release).
11.) 18-lb 1-oz; Indian River Co; Lake Blue Cypress (St. Johns River Basin); pre-1975 by unknown angler.

12.) 18-lb; Polk Co; Orange Grove Lake; since 2000? by Steve Smith (catch and release).
12.) 18-lb; Polk Co; Lake Marion; pre-1992 by unknown angler.
12.) 18-lb; 30 in L; 25 in G; Franklin Co; Tucker Lake; 1964 by L. L. Petty.
12.) 18-lb; Lake George (St. Johns River); 5-3-1958 by Marlin Coston.
12.) 18-lb; Putnam Co; Ashley Lake; 3-25-1951 by Carl Swisher.
12.) 18-lb; Citrus Co; Homosassa River; pre-1992 by unknown angler.
12.) 18-lb; Withlacoochee River; pre-1992 by unknown angler.

13.) 17-lb 15-oz; Mar 1988 by Donald Brunson.

14.) 17-lb 12-oz; Osceola Co; West Lake Tohopekaliga; 7-11-1986 by John Faircloth.

15.) 17-lb 9-oz; Lake George (St. Johns River); pre-1974 by Babette Morgan.

16.) 17-lb 8-oz; 28 in L; 25 in G; Orange Co; Lake Rose; 1985 by Mike Paule.
16.) 17-lb 8-oz; 28 in L; 25 in G; Okaloosa Co; Hurricane Lake; 3-19-1983 by Robert Earl Dunsford.
16.) 17-lb 8-oz; Lake George (St. Johns River); pre-1974 by Justin Morgan.

17.) 17-lb 7-oz; Lake Co; “small sand mine pond”; pre-1998 by Bing McClellan.

18.) 17-lb 6-oz; Polk Co; Lake Winterset; since 2000? by Jeffrey Smith (catch and release).

19.) 17-lb 4-oz; Polk Co; Lake Summit; since 2000? by Jeffrey Smith (catch and release).
19.) 17-lb 4-oz; 25 in L?; Orange Co; Raccoon Lake; 3-3-1992 by Linda Richardson.
19.) 17-lb 4-oz; Alachua Co; Orange Lake; pre-1990 by unknown angler.
19.) 17-lb 4-oz; Walton Co; King (or Kings) Lake; 1987 by unknown angler.
19.) 17-lb 4-oz; 30 in L; 22.5 in G; Polk Co; unnamed lake; 7-6-1986 by Billy O’Berry (current “certified” FL Record).
19.) 17-lb 4-oz; 29.7 in L; 1973 by Doug Hannon.
19.) 17-lb 4-oz; 32 in L; Lake Okeechobee; Feb 1971 by J.J. Shaw.

20.) 17-lb 3-oz; near Winter Haven; since 2000? by Jeffrey Smith (catch and release).
20.) 17-lb 3-oz; Marion Co; Lake Weir; 1960’s or 1970’s by unknown angler.

21.) 17-lb 2-oz; 27 in L; Lake Ocklawaha (“Rodman Reservoir”, Ocklawaha River Basin); 3-11-2000 by E.C. “Doodle Bug” Dressler.
21.) 17-lb 2-oz; “Lake Record in the Holmes Creek area”; pre-1989 by Randolph Field.
21.) 17-lb 2-oz; pre-1983 by Carl Wagner.

22.) 17-lb 1-oz; near Winter Haven; since 2000? by Jeffrey Smith (catch and release).

23.) 17-lb; Bay Co; Felix Lake (Tydall AFB); pre-2009 by unknown angler.
23.) 17-lb; Putnam Co; Crescent Lake (St. Johns River Basin); 1980’s by unknown angler.
23.) 17-lb; 32 in L; Lake Co; Lake Schimmerhorn (Ocala NF); pre-1984 by unknown angler.
23.) 17-lb; 32 in L; Marion Co; Half Moon Lake (Ocala NF); pre-1984 by unknown angler.
23.) 17-lb; Marion Co; Lake Bryant (Ocala NF); pre-1975 by unknown angler.

By Paul R. Nosca (Ocklawahaman)

6 Responses to “Florida’s Top 25 Biggest or Largest Largemouth Bass”

  1. LowHybred09 says:

    I know it wasn’t verified but if that 24lb bass was really 39 inches long I would have to say it must have weighed 30lbs! But I do find that hard to believe.

  2. ocklawahaman says:

    I recorded even the maybe lunkers???

    YES, those dimensions on the Raymond Tomer bass are hard to believe! There are several sites online to view information about this WHOPPER bass tale! Do a search of “Raymond Tomer” “bass” or something similiar. This is part of the story from one website.

    “…Raymond Tomer reportedly caught the fish on a dark plastic worm. His fishing partner and two witnesses testified to the weight, and that it measured 39 1/2 inches long and 30 inches around. Tomer put the fish in his cooler, but the cooler lid wouldn’t shut. So, when he filleted the fish to cook it, it had spoiled. So he threw it out. He did nail the head on a post, but raccoons ate the head that night. Without the fish, its head, and supportive photos, Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission, and others, refused to recognize the record…”

    “Ocklawahaman”

  3. ocklawahaman says:

    The FORUM has some interesting comments about “Florida’s Top 25 Biggest or Largest Largemouth Bass”. Check it out if you get a chance!

    “Ocklawahaman” Paul Nosca

  4. ocklawahaman says:

    So far it appears that “Ocklawahaman” ALONE maintains the unbiased, unofficial “List of the All-Time Top-25 Biggest/Heaviest Largemouth Bass Ever Caught (or REPORTEDLY caught?) in Florida”. I add any new finds of 17-lb and bigger Florida-caught largemouth bass to the list as exactly as possible–as they have been reported by OTHERS! Maybe at some point the FL FWC, “Bassmaster”, or some trustworthy bass club will take-over this job?

    But for now, I have to report some new RAW data off-of the “John Fox’s Trophy Bass Guide Service” website which I will be adding to the “List”.

    “John Fox’s Trophy Bass Guide Service”

    “…The ONE Florida Pro Bass Guide that has guided “his clients” to trophy bass that weigh: 20lbs 5oz; 19.8lbs;19.4 lbs; (2) bass weighing 19lbs 2oz.; and (6) bass over 18lbs.’ this Pro Bass Guide is JOHN FOX. He has guided his clients to 400 or more trophy bass weighing ten pounds or more…and as for mentioned two NEW unofficial Florida record TROPHY BASS weighing 20 lbs. 4 oz and 20 lbs. 5 oz. Florida is noted for its BIG BASS. These large bass caught by John’s clients, from his boat, are five of the six largest bass ever caught in the state of Florida…”

    “…2007 has proven to be the VERY BEST BIG BASS production year ever…

    Wesley Jennings caught a 16.89 Trophy Largemouth Bass and two days later caught a 17.49 even bigger Trophy Bass, which has been submitted for a Line Class record. Bernie Leff from New Jersey caught a huge 17.01 bucketmouth Trophy Bass, and missed one that was lost along the boat that we estimated to be well over 18 pounds…

    Our repeat top Angler Butch Barnhart from Dayton, Ohio caught five bass over ten pounds during his three day trip with us…including a giant 17.49 pounder… With the additional water that has filled our reservoir we truly expect that 2008 to be a banner year for our fisherman clients…”

    Other than weights, there are NO length or girth dimensions displayed on any of these huge bass. I’m guessing that these are all “catch and release” recycled bass from THEIR “our reservoir” possibly similar to the almost unbelievable “lunker” success by the “Smith” family lately.

    I’ll report this info to the FORUM also.

    Sincerely, “Ocklawahaman”

  5. "Ocklawahaman" Paul Nosca says:

    ALL-TIME TOP-25 BIGGEST/HEAVIEST LARGEMOUTH BASS EVER CAUGHT IN FLORIDA

    LIST OF THE ALL-TIME TOP-25 BIGGEST/HEAVIEST FLORIDA LARGEMOUTH BASS ever caught–or REPORTEDLY caught?–in Florida, updated thru 02-13-11.

    Abbreviations: lb = pound, oz = ounce, in = inch, L = length, G = girth, Co = county.

    No.) REPORTED Weight; Length (if known); Girth (if known); County (if known); Water (if known); Catch Date by Angler (Comment):
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    ? A.) 24-lb 12-oz; 39.5 in L; 30 in G: Osceola Co; West Lake Tohopekaliga; 4-20-1974 by Raymond Tomer (FL GFC could not verify weight).

    ? B.) 23-lb 2-oz; 37.5 in L; 29.5 in G; Lake Co; “near Altoona”; 1880′s by H.W. Ross (reported by Dr. J.A. Henshall in the 1881-1913 “Book Of The Black Bass”–16.5-inch girth head of this fish was sent to the office of “Forest & Stream” in New York which merged with “Field & Stream” in 1930).

    ? C.) 22-lb+; Volusia Co; “small lake near Pierson”; Dec 1981 by Billy Johnson (FL GFC could not verify weight).

    ? D.) 21-lb 3-oz; 38.25 in L; Marion Co; Ocklawaha River; 1-2-1975 by Thomas A. Johnson (FL GFC could not verify weight, before it was ate, although there is a good PHOTO of this EXTREMELY LONG BASS very much longer than a 21-inch height Ford pickup tailgate–”just wasn’t enough proof that the fish WEIGHED MORE than the current 19-pound record”).

    ? E.) 20-lb 7-oz; Hamilton Co; “Occidental pit”; Apr 1993 by “Howard” (reported by Bart Crabb in the 1997 book “The Quest for the World Record Bass”).

    ? F.) 20-lb 5-oz; “our reservoir”?; since 2000? by unknown angler (reported by “John Fox’s Trophy Guide Service”).

    ? G.) 20-lb 4-oz; “our reservoir”?; since 2000? by unknown angler (reported by “John Fox’s Trophy Guide Service”).
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    1.) 20-lb 2-oz; 31 in L; 27 in G; Pasco Co; Big Fish Lake; 5-19-1923 by Frederick “Fritz” Friebel (current “non-certified” FL Record).

    2.) 19-lb 12-oz; “our reservoir”?; since 2000? by unknown angler (reported by “John Fox’s Trophy Guide Service”).

    3.) 19-lb 11-oz; 29 in L; 23.25 in G; Indian River Co; Farm 13/Stick Marsh; 7-5-1994 by Doug Thompson (catch and release).

    4.) 19-lb 6-oz; “our reservoir”?; since 2000? by unknown angler (reported by “John Fox’s Trophy Guide Service”).

    5.) 19-lb 4-oz; Taylor Creek Reservoir; 6-30-1974 by Phil Jay.

    6.) 19-lb 2-oz: “our reservoir”?; “(2) bass” since 2000? by unknown anglers (reported by “John Fox’s Trophy Guide Service”).

    7.) 19-lb; Pinellas Co; Lake Tarpon; 6-26-1961 by W.A. Riley Witt (former “non-certified” FL Record).

    8.) 18-lb 15-oz; Pinellas Co; Lake Tarpon, 1961 by unknown angler.

    9.) 18-lb 13-oz; 29.5 in L; 26.5 in G; Clay Co; St. Johns River; 4-12-1987 by Buddy Wright.

    10.) 18-lb 8-oz; Polk Co; Orange Grove Lake; Jan 2008 by Jeffrey Smith (catch and release).
    10.) 18-lb 8-oz; Alachua Co; Newnan’s Lake; pre-1986 by Wayne Jacobs.
    10.) 18-lb 8-oz; Leon Co; Lake Jackson; Mar 1967 by unknown angler.

    11.) 18-lb 5-oz; Madison Co; 3-25-1968 by Bobbie Haskell.

    12.) 18-lb 4-oz; St. Johns River; 12-16-1948 by J.W. Smith.

    13.) 18-lb 2-oz; Clay Co; Lake Brooklyn; 3-12-1966 by Hugh Paul.
    13.) 18-lb 2-oz; Taylor Creek Reservoir; 6-25-1974 by Phil Jay.

    14.) 18-lb 1-oz; “our reservoir”?; “(6) bass over 18lbs” since 2000? by unknown anglers (reported by “John Fox’s Trophy Guide Service”).
    14.) 18-lb 1-oz; Polk Co; Orange Grove Lake; by Jeffrey Smith (catch and release).
    14.) 18-lb 1-oz; Indian River Co; Farm 13/Stick Marsh; 4-4-1994 by Robert Bloom (catch and release).
    14.) 18-lb 1-oz; Indian River Co; Lake Blue Cypress; pre-1975 by unknown angler.

    15.) 18-lb; Polk Co; Orange Grove Lake; by Steve Smith (catch and release).
    15.) 18-lb; Polk Co; Lake Marion; pre-1992 by unknown angler.
    15.) 18-lb; 30 in L; 25 in G; Franklin Co; Tucker Lake; 1964 by L. L. Petty.
    15.) 18-lb; Lake George (St. Johns River); 5-3-1958 by Marlin Coston.
    15.) 18-lb; Putnam Co; Ashley Lake; 3-25-1951 by Carl Swisher.
    15.) 18-lb; Citrus Co; Homosassa River; pre-1992 unknown angler.
    15.) 18-lb; Withlacoochee River; pre-1992 by unknown angler.

    16.) 17-lb 15-oz; Mar 1988 by Donald Brunson.

    17.) 17-lb 12-oz; Osceola Co; West Lake Tohopekaliga; 7-11-1986 by John Faircloth.

    18.) 17-lb 9-oz; Lake George (St. Johns River); pre-1974 by Babette Morgan.

    19.) 17-lb 8-oz; “our reservoir”?; 2007 by Butch Barnhart (reported by “John Fox’s Trophy Guide Service”).
    19.) 17-lb 8-oz; “our reservoir”?; 2007 by Wesley Jennings (reported by “John Fox’s Trophy Guide Service”).
    19.) 17-lb 8-oz; 28 in L; 25 in G; Orange Co; Lake Rose; 1985 by Mike Paule.
    19.) 17-lb 8-oz; 28 in L; 25 in G; Okaloosa Co; Hurricane Lake; 3-19-1983 by Robert Earl Dunsford.
    19.) 17-lb 8-oz; Lake George (St. Johns River); pre-1974 by Justin Morgan.

    20.) 17-lb 7-oz; Lake Co; “small sand mine pond”; pre-1998 by Bing McClellan.

    21.) 17-lb 6-oz; Polk Co; Lake Winterset; by Jeffrey Smith (catch and release).

    22.) 17-lb 4-oz; Polk Co; Lake Summit; by Jeffrey Smith (catch and release).
    22.) 17-lb 4-oz; 25 in L?; Orange Co; Raccoon Lake; 3-3-1992 by Linda Richardson.
    22.) 17-lb 4-oz; Alachua Co; Orange Lake; pre-1990 by unknown angler.
    22.) 17-lb 4-oz; Walton Co; King(s) Lake; 1987 by unknown angler.
    22.) 17-lb 4-oz; 30 in L; 22.5 in G; Polk Co; unnamed lake; 7-6-1986 by Billy O’Berry (current “certified” FL Record).
    22.) 17-lb 4-oz; 29.7 in L; 1973 by Doug Hannon.
    22.) 17-lb 4-oz; 32 in L; Lake Okeechobee; Feb 1971 by J.J. Shaw.

    23.) 17-lb 3-oz; near Winter Haven; by Jeffrey Smith (catch and release).
    23.) 17-lb 3-oz; Marion Co; Lake Weir; 1960′s or 1970′s by unknown angler.

    24.) 17-lb 2-oz; 29.75 in L; Lake Ocklawaha (“Rodman Reservoir”); 3-11-2000 by E.C. “Doodle Bug” Dressler.
    24.) 17-lb 2-oz; “Lake Record in the Holmes Creek area”; pre-1989 by Randolph Field.
    24.) 17-lb 2-oz; pre-1983 by Carl Wagner.

    25.) 17-lb 1-oz; near Winter Haven; by Jeffrey Smith (catch and release).

    26.) 17-lb; Bay Co; Felix Lake (Tydall AFB); pre-2009.
    26.) 17-lb; “our reservoir”?; 2007 by Bernie Leff (reported by “John Fox’s Trophy Guide Service”).
    26.) 17-lb; Putnam Co; Crescent Lake (St. Johns River); 1980′s by unknown angler.
    26.) 17-lb; 32 in L; Lake Co; Lake Schimmerhorn (Ocala NF); 1970′s by unknown angler.
    26.) 17-lb; 32 in L; Marion Co; Half Moon Lake (Ocala NF); 1970′s by unknown angler.
    26.) 17-lb; Marion Co; Lake Bryant (Ocala NF); pre-1975 by unknown angler.
    END.

  6. "Ocklawahaman" Paul Nosca says:

    Some big largemouth bass specimens caught over the years in Florida were long in inches of total length but lean in pounds and ounces of weight. The documented world record longest largemouth bass ever caught anywhere was caught from Lake Toho in Florida by Bill Whipple on 8-11-2002 and was 33 inches in total length but weighed an amazingly light 14 pounds 6 ounces! At least three undocumented bass were reportedly 32 inches long but only weighed 17 to 17.25 pounds each.
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    List of the “ALL-TIME TOP-25 BIGGEST/HEAVIEST FLORIDA LARGEMOUTH BASS EVER CAUGHT (OR REPORTEDLY CAUGHT) IN FLORIDA”, thru 5-4-11.
    Abbreviations: lb = pound, oz = ounce, in = inch, L = length, G = girth, Co = county.
    No.) REPORTED Weight; Length (if known); Girth (if known); County (if known); Water (if known); Catch Date by Angler (Comment):
    ———————————————————————
    A.) 24-lb 12-oz; 39.5 in L; 30 in G: Osceola Co; West Lake Tohopekaliga; 4-20-1974 by Raymond Tomer (FL GFC could not certify weight).
    B.) 23-lb 2-oz; 37.5 in L; 29.5 in G; Lake Co; “near Altoona”; 1880′s by H.W. Ross (reported by Dr. J.A. Henshall in the 1881-1913 “Book Of The Black Bass”–16.5-inch girth head of this fish was sent to the office of “Forest & Stream” in New York which merged with “Field & Stream” in 1930).
    C.) 22-lb+; Volusia Co; “small lake near Pierson”; Dec 1981 by Billy Johnson (FL GFC could not certify weight).
    D.) 21-lb 3-oz; 38.25 in L; Marion Co; Ocklawaha River; 1-2-1975 by Thomas A. Johnson (FL GFC could not certify weight, before it was eaten, although there is a good PHOTO of this EXTREMELY LONG BASS very much longer than a 21-inch height Ford pickup tailgate–”just wasn’t enough proof that the fish WEIGHED MORE than the current 19-pound record”).
    E.) 20-lb 7-oz; Hamilton Co; “Occidental pit”; Apr 1993 by “Howard” (reported by Bart Crabb in the 1997 book “The Quest for the World Record Bass”).
    F.) 20-lb 5-oz; by unknown angler (reported by “John Fox’s Trophy Guide Service”).
    G.) 20-lb 4-oz; by unknown angler (reported by “John Fox’s Trophy Guide Service”).
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    1.) 20-lb 2-oz; 31 in L; 27 in G; Pasco Co; Big Fish Lake; 5-19-1923 by Frederick “Fritz” Friebel (documented current “non-certified” FL Record).
    2.) 19-lb 12-oz; by unknown angler (reported by “John Fox’s Trophy Guide Service”).
    3.) 19-lb 11-oz; 29 in L; 23.25 in G; Indian River Co; Farm 13/Stick Marsh; 7-5-1994 by Doug Thompson.
    4.) 19-lb 6-oz; by unknown angler (reported by “John Fox’s Trophy Guide Service”).
    5.) 19-lb 4-oz; Taylor Creek Reservoir; 6-30-1974 by Phil Jay.
    6.) 19-lb 2-oz: (2 bass) by unknown anglers (reported by “John Fox’s Trophy Guide Service”).
    7.) 19-lb; Pinellas Co; Lake Tarpon; 6-26-1961 by W.A. Riley Witt (documented former “non-certified” FL Record).
    8.) 18-lb 15-oz; Pinellas Co; Lake Tarpon, 1961 by unknown angler.
    9.) 18-lb 13-oz; 29.5 in L; 26.5 in G; Clay Co; St. Johns River; 4-12-1987 by Buddy Wright (documented).
    10.) 18-lb 8-oz; Polk Co; Orange Grove Lake; Jan 2008 by Jeffrey Smith.
    10.) 18-lb 8-oz; Alachua Co; Newnan’s Lake; by Wayne Jacobs.
    10.) 18-lb 8-oz; Leon Co; Lake Jackson; Mar 1967 by unknown angler.
    11.) 18-lb 5-oz; Madison Co; 3-25-1968 by Bobbie Haskell.
    12.) 18-lb 4-oz; St. Johns River; 12-16-1948 by J.W. Smith.
    13.) 18-lb 2-oz; Clay Co; Lake Brooklyn; 3-12-1966 by Hugh Paul.
    13.) 18-lb 2-oz; Taylor Creek Reservoir; 6-25-1974 by Phil Jay.
    14.) 18-lb 1-oz; (6 bass over 18lbs) by unknown anglers (reported by “John Fox’s Trophy Guide Service”).
    14.) 18-lb 1-oz; Polk Co; Orange Grove Lake; by Jeffrey Smith.
    14.) 18-lb 1-oz; Indian River Co; Farm 13/Stick Marsh; 4-4-1994 by Robert Bloom.
    14.) 18-lb 1-oz; Indian River Co; Lake Blue Cypress; by unknown angler.
    15.) 18-lb; Polk Co; Orange Grove Lake; by Steve Smith.
    15.) 18-lb; Polk Co; Lake Marion; by unknown angler.
    15.) 18-lb; 30 in L; 25 in G; Franklin Co; Tucker Lake; 1964 by L. L. Petty (documented).
    15.) 18-lb; Lake George (St. Johns River); 5-3-1958 by Marlin Coston.
    15.) 18-lb; Putnam Co; Ashley Lake; 3-25-1951 by Carl Swisher.
    15.) 18-lb; Citrus Co; Homosassa River; by unknown angler.
    15.) 18-lb; Withlacoochee River; by unknown angler.
    16.) 17-lb 15-oz; Mar 1988 by Donald Brunson (documented).
    17.) 17-lb 12-oz; Osceola Co; West Lake Tohopekaliga; 7-11-1986 by John Faircloth (documented).
    18.) 17-lb 9-oz; Lake George (St. Johns River); by Babette Morgan.
    19.) 17-lb 8-oz; 2007 by Butch Barnhart (reported by “John Fox’s Trophy Guide Service”).
    19.) 17-lb 8-oz; 2007 by Wesley Jennings (reported by “John Fox’s Trophy Guide Service”).
    19.) 17-lb 8-oz; 28 in L; 25 in G; Orange Co; Lake Rose; 1985 by Mike Paule (documented).
    19.) 17-lb 8-oz; 28 in L; 25 in G; Okaloosa Co; Hurricane Lake; 3-19-1983 by Robert Earl Dunsford (documented).
    19.) 17-lb 8-oz; Lake George (St. Johns River); by Justin Morgan.
    20.) 17-lb 7-oz; Lake Co; “small sand mine pond”; by Bing McClellan.
    21.) 17-lb 6-oz; Polk Co; Lake Winterset; by Jeffrey Smith.
    22.) 17-lb 4-oz; Polk Co; Lake Summit; by Jeffrey Smith.
    22.) 17-lb 4-oz; Orange Co; Raccoon Lake; 3-3-1992 by Linda Richardson (documented).
    22.) 17-lb 4-oz; Alachua Co; Orange Lake; by unknown angler.
    22.) 17-lb 4-oz; Walton Co; King(s) Lake; 1987 by unknown angler.
    22.) 17-lb 4-oz; 30 in L; 22.5 in G; Polk Co; unnamed lake; 7-6-1986 by Billy O’Berry (documented current “certified” FL Record).
    22.) 17-lb 4-oz; 29.7 in L; 1973 by Doug Hannon.
    22.) 17-lb 4-oz; 32 in L; Lake Okeechobee; Feb 1971 by J.J. Shaw.
    23.) 17-lb 3-oz; near Winter Haven; by Jeffrey Smith.
    23.) 17-lb 3-oz; Marion Co; Lake Weir; by unknown angler.
    24.) 17-lb 2-oz; 29.75 in L; Lake Ocklawaha (“Rodman Reservoir”); 3-11-2000 by E.C. “Doodle Bug” Dressler.
    24.) 17-lb 2-oz; “Lake Record in the Holmes Creek area”; by Randolph Field.
    24.) 17-lb 2-oz; by Carl Wagner.
    25.) 17-lb 1-oz; near Winter Haven; by Jeffrey Smith.
    26.) 17-lb; Bay Co; Felix Lake (Tydall AFB); by unknown angler.
    26.) 17-lb; 2007 by Bernie Leff (reported by “John Fox’s Trophy Guide Service”).
    26.) 17-lb; Putnam Co; Crescent Lake (St. Johns River); by unknown angler.
    26.) 17-lb; 32 in L; Lake Co; Lake Schimmerhorn (Ocala NF); by unknown angler.
    26.) 17-lb; 32 in L; Marion Co; Half Moon Lake (Ocala NF); by unknown angler.
    26.) 17-lb; Marion Co; Lake Bryant (Ocala NF); by unknown angler.

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