New World Record Spotted Bass?

On December 16, professional angler Cody Meyer caught a 10.80 pound spotted bass that is a potential world record. The behemoth spot was caught from Bullards Bar Reservoir, a famed spotted bass fishery in northern California.

“J.R. Wright and I had caught three really big spots that day (6.66, 8.35 and 7.74 lbs.). Then I marked one single big fish on my electronics. It was suspended about 20 feet down over 100 feet of water. I cast my Ocho to it, let it sink and then my line jumped,” Meyer said, recollecting the bite. “It was immediately obvious that it was another big one, but it wasn’t until I saw her that I actually realized how big she was.”

“We caught four of the five on a wacky-rigged Strike King 5-inch Ocho in the KVD Magic color. I was using Daiwa spinning gear, with a main line of 15-pound-test Seaguar Smackdown braid and a 6-pound-test Seaguar Tatsu leader. I rigged the Ocho on a size 1 Owner Mosquito Hook. That setup is my go-to when fishing for those big spots,” said Meyer.

Cody Meyer shows the bait and rig that may have put him in the record books.
Cody Meyer shows the bait and rig that may put him in the record books.

The California Fish and Game Department officially recorded the weight and details of Meyer’s catch on site. Once the appropriate paperwork is filed, the Department will make the determination if his bass will unseat the current record of 10.48 caught in 2014.