Texas Woman is New Largemouth Bass Record Holder

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Lea Anne Powell, a determined angler from the Lone Star State, has just been confirmed as the new world record holder for the largest largemouth bass ever caught in her line class.

Securing this prestigious title was no easy feat. Powell embarked on a rigorous journey, enduring an intensive process of paperwork, panel reviews, and international scrutiny by the International Game Fish Association (IGFA). With a mix of perseverance and passion, Powell conquered it all, emerging victorious with her incredible catch.

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New World Record Holder For The Largest Largemouth Bass

The colossal largemouth bass that cemented Powell’s place in fishing history tipped the scales at a whopping 12 pounds, 3 ounces. Now, get this: the official record was set in the 12-pound line class. Talk about a remarkable feat! Powell’s catch outshines all others in this category.

But let’s not overlook the exciting details of Powell’s fishing expedition. The adventure began when her friend, Dalton Smith, an expert fishing guide at O.H. Ivie Lake, invited her to join him for a day of angling bliss. Little did they know that fate had something extraordinary in store for them.

Armed with a specialized underwater sonogram called Livescope, Smith led Powell to a treasure trove of gargantuan fish lurking beneath the surface. With hearts pounding, they cast their lines, hoping to hook something spectacular. And boy, did they hit the jackpot!


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As Powell mastered the art of using Livescope to track down her elusive target, she sensed a follower. Casting her line, the excitement in the air was palpable. Smith initially doubted her intuition, but when the gargantuan creature took the bait, the battle commenced. A 45-foot distance, 15 feet below, and a spinning rod with only 10-pound line created a heart-pumping, adrenaline-fueled clash between angler and fish.

After an epic struggle, Powell triumphed, reeling in the colossal bass. But their journey wasn’t over yet. Realizing they had a potential world record on their hands, the triumphant duo rushed to the nearby Elm Creek RV Park and Gas Station, home to an IGFA certified scale. There, they confirmed what they already suspected: they had an absolute behemoth on their hands.


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Beyond the exhilaration of breaking records, Powell has a powerful message for aspiring anglers, especially the young women out there. She wants to inspire them to follow their passions fearlessly, despite the discouragement they may face.

“I’m just trying to encourage more people to get out and fish,” Powell said, according to WSPA. “I’ve had so much discouragement being a lady angler and I don’t let that stop me. For every no I’m getting told and every word of discouragement, it pushes me and drives me to go harder and go faster and deeper into my tournaments. You can’t make a record, you can’t catch a fish unless you have a line in the water, and do what you can to not let any negativity get you down. Turn those negatives into positives and let them motivate you to get out there and fish and just catch ’em up!”

Powell’s unwavering spirit in the face of adversity is truly remarkable, and she encourages everyone to cast their doubts aside and keep their lines in the water. Who knows? The next record-breaking fish might just be waiting for you!

So, fishing enthusiasts, heed Powell’s advice. Embrace your love for angling, turn negativity into motivation, and cast your lines with unyielding determination. Remember, you can’t make history without a line in the water. Now, go out there and catch ’em up!

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