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07-08-2007, 12:15 PM
Congratulations to Harold Hardin. 9.83 pounds, new state record.

Catch and Release boys and girls. This fish could have pressed for World Record status next year but not any more. :cry:

07-08-2007, 12:17 PM
Catch and Release boys and girls. This fish could have pressed for World Record status next year but not any more. :cry:

What! They killed that thing? No Way!!!!???????


07-08-2007, 12:21 PM
From what I understand, California DFG has the fish for "testing" and Harold plans on mounting it. He earned it but it's hard for a C&R person like myself to think about.

07-08-2007, 02:09 PM
Sweet......it's whats for dinner...

07-08-2007, 02:59 PM
What a toad !!!!

Where was this SMB caught?


07-10-2007, 03:36 PM
Here's a link to some info on this great catch...


Ione, CA, jULY 3, 2007: Harold Hardin, a Stockton fisherman who has been fishing Pardee Lake for the past 40 years did something that no other angler in the State of California has been able to do in 31 years: He caught a 9.83 lb. Smallmouth Bass that eclipsed the current state record by nearly ¾ of a pound. The old record of 9.1 was caught by Tom Brady in 1976 at Trinity Lake. Mr. Hardin was fishing just off of Leveque Point at the mouth of the Mokelumne River using charcoal colored swim bait. According to Mr. Hardin, shortly after landing the big fish, he hooked into another Smallmouth and just before he was about to land the 2nd fish, it made one last dash for freedom and snapped the line. “The one that I lost was definitely a larger fish than the one I landed? stated Mr. Hardin. Harold estimated that after seeing the 2nd fish up close to his boat that it was at least 11+ lbs. Mr. Hardin stated that there are Smallmouth Bass in Pardee Lake that are substantially larger than his record Bass.

11-01-2007, 06:00 AM
That is a big smallie.
Good job.

11-22-2007, 10:51 AM
Damn, thats a toad!


11-22-2007, 02:18 PM
After showing my wife the toad ( the smallmouth, not my toad :lol: )

She asked me what I would do.....

I don't fish for Smallmouths, but if I caught it, honesly, I don't know what I'd do...If there wasn't a certified scale right there....I don't know if I'd try to weigh it somewhere else, and kill it..

Maybe CPR, I'm not a bass guy. Are these expected to be released like LMB s ?

Would suck not knowing if it was a record, though.

11-22-2007, 04:21 PM
great j0b man !!

11-24-2007, 07:36 PM
huge smallmouth! Must of been a blast to land that baby. I never seen one get that big before

11-25-2007, 05:00 PM
SHAZZZZZAAMMMM !! Yum 20 year old smallie fillets.. :finger: Come on man we have realy nice cameras these days Cleddis.. WTF :beat:

11-25-2007, 05:04 PM
i read an article on this and it said that he tried to revive the fish but failed to swim away.