12-Pound, 15-Ounce Largemouth Bass Caught During FWC Investigative Study
By Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission // January 1, 2016
catch and release conservation
A 12-pound, 15-ounce largemouth bass was caught 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 (weighing 6 to 8 pounds) and caught and released by an angler in 2011.
In over four years it gained 5-7 pounds, which is better than the average growth rate for a trophy-sized fish.
This bass was involved in three different studies and has been subject to electrofishing twice, tagged twice and caught by an angler.
It’s survived, thrived and provided us with valuable data that will aid in the FWC’s trophy bass conservation efforts.
It now bears a new tag, and we’re eager to see if this special fish turns up again in 2016.