Angler catches record bass, Montana’s sixth record in less than 9 months

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Brandon Wright, who usually goes fly-fishing, decided to try lake fishing with bait and proved himself adept by catching what turned out to be a state record for a largemouth bass, Montana’s sixth state record in less than nine months.

Fishing from shore at Lake Elmo, Wright used a piece of a nightcrawler and caught a 9.575-pound bass that broke the state record of 8.8 pounds that stood since 2009, as reported by the Billings Gazette. The previous record was caught at Noxon Rapids Reservoir by Darin Williams.

It was the first largemouth bass Wright had ever caught and he plans to have it mounted by a taxidermist, the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks reported on Facebook.

Wright had the fish weighed on a certified scale at Albertsons grocery store in Billings Heights, and FWP confirmed the species, along with its weight and length. The largemouth bass was 22.5-inches long.

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