A Lake Hopatcong fisherman
may have hooked a record-winner this month, reeling in a large mouth bass weighing 8.74 pounds.
fish was caught by Chris Hall on April 2 during the first fishing tournament of the season for the
Northeast Bassmasters at Lee’s County Park Marina on Lake Hopatcong.
Teaming with partner Joby
Poster to reel in the fish, Bassmasters Club members said it may have been the largest bass ever caught on the
“I did some research and discovered that two years ago, a large mouth bass weighing
in 8.09 pounds was caught, and that replaced a 7.02 pounds caught at least 20 years ago,”
said Paul Schmidt, president of the Northeast Bassmasters and tournament director. “This fish
has tipped the scales. It’s just unheard of and very rare.”
Because it was a catch
and release tournament, the bass was returned to the Lake Hopatcong waters after the weigh-in.
Park Marina, a facility of the Morris County Park Commission, provides public access to Lake Hopatcong,
and is a launch site for fishing tournaments.
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