i'm not sure basspro... but does anyone know what the record smelt is?... i'll be going for that record this winter for sure... and i'm not joking either... i plan on spending some quality time on the ice this year on champlain... bring on da ice!!... i know a lot of guys go for pike up there, but i don't know how skillful tip-up fishing is... now jigging for monster smelt...well, that takes technique
I say that the smallmouth record is the hardest to beat. Why...? Because no one agrees what the current World Record is. Go into Google and type in World Record Smallmouth Bass. You will read all kinds of stories with many claims. Unlike the Sacandaga pike record, there is no undisputed smallie champ. Someone needs to end the confusion by destroying the field with a 12 pound smallie.
A very tough nut to crack, maybe impossible? Perhaps someone may land a freak from Lake Erie (already produced a 9'er), but most likely Dale Hollow (many 10's, maybe one 11+) or Wilson (at least one 10).
OK - but this must have been sanctioned well after it was caught. I don't buy it. European pike have been recorded over 100 pounds. In my opinion, although related, these fish should be listed as a separate sub-species. I am not a biologist, but I am an advanced aquarist.
I could be wrong, but I never heard of a genetically identical freshwater fish indegenous to two continents!
Are there any scientists out there? Please provide opinion.