Warren was fishing with Brent Wagaman and Jack Looney in Northwest Missouri when Looney hooked into an absolute monster bass. Platt writes:
Jack landed the largest bass I'm aware of being landed using only tackle that was on the market before 1940. His outfit consisted of a Heddon Pal tubular steel rod, Shakespeare Marhoff reel, braided nylon line, and a Creek Chub Baby Injured Minnow.
Hand scale said 7 1/2 lbs. All I know for sure is that it was the biggest bass I've seen landed with the old tackle. Not all that long, had to stretcher her to get 22 inches, but for a Missouri Bass her head and body was huge and still full of eggs. Just a beautiful monster Bass!!
I don't know of a bigger bass on vintage tackle ever being taking. Do you?
Huge congratulations to Looney for this massive fish, and to Platt for the photo! I'm sure somewhere Bill Sonnett is planning a post-wedding summer bass fishing trip in an attempt to break this record...
-- Dr. Todd