After 60 years, state record for largemouth bass still stands, despite son’s efforts to top it

After 60 years, state record for largemouth bass still stands, despite son’s efforts to top it
0 0 votes
Article Rating

Editor’s note: W. Kim Sexton is a retired third-generation newspaper editor and publisher who still handles investigations of his choice. This story completes his goal of visiting the site of a Missouri fishing record on the date of its diamond anniversary.

 

A diamond anniversary sparkled in the mind of Mike Bushong. The retired 68-year-old Gainesville angler didn’t break a Missouri largemouth bass fishing record set by his father six decades ago, but he sure had fun trying. 

The late Marvin Bushong caught a 13-pound, 14-ounce monster on April 21, 1961, just inside the Show-Me State and across from what is now the Pontiac Cove Marina on Bull Shoals Lake. It wasn’t an easy catch. His fishing reel was falling off the pole, and he had to hand-retrieve line, lure and lunker, and then reach down and grab the fish by the mouth. 

Many anglers have, through the years, speculated that the big prize may have traveled from the southern reaches of the lake in Arkansas to spawn in…

View Original Article

0 0 votes
Article Rating
Subscribe
Notify of
guest
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x
FishRook
Logo
Enable registration in settings - general