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When it comes to setting IGFA records, be careful what you wish for.
As Ed Zieralski reports in the San Diego News-Tribune, the 22.31 pound largemouth bass caught by Manabu Kurita of Aichi, Japan ties, but doesn’t beat, the 22.25-pound world record set by George W. Perry in 1932. The IGFA requires that new catches exceed the previous record by 2 ounces.
“Kurita took a lie-detector test for the IGFA, suddenly more inquisitive than the CIA, FBI and Homeland Security. He disproved allegations that his boat was no longer moving when he caught the bass. In the area of Biwa where he landed the fish, boats are prohibited from stopping.”