A teenager from Arkansas unexpectedly caught and released a 12-pound largemouth bass while fishing for crappie, and his impressive catch was recognized by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Fisheries Division.
Logan Cernosek, 15, of northeast Arkansas, reeled in a 12-pound, 4-ounce bass during a recent fishing trip he took in Randolph County, according to a Facebook post shared by the AGFC Fisheries Division.
The ninth grader told the wildlife agency he caught the bass on Sunday, April 2.
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Cernosek said he and a friend set a four-pound test line for crappie, a freshwater game fish that’s generally smaller than largemouth bass.
Logan Cernosek, a 15-year-old high school student from Arkansas, unexpectedly caught a 12-pound, 4-ounce largemouth bass while fishing from crappie on April 2, 2023. (Logan Cernosek / Michelle Counts)
“I thought I was hooked on a log, but then I realized it was a huge fish,” Cernosek said in a statement to the AGFC Fisheries Division.
The AGFC Fisheries Division reports that Cernosek weighed the largemouth bass with a portable scale before he released it.
Crappies are a North American freshwater game fish that are a part of the sunfish family. Logan Cernosek of Arkansas caught several in April 2023 while fishing with a friend in Randolph County. (Logan Cernosek / Michelle Counts)
“Logan said he never thought he would catch a bass this big in his lifetime,” the AGFC Fisheries Division wrote on Facebook.
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The state largemouth bass record was established in March 1976 by Tennessee resident, Aaron Mardis, who caught a 16-pound, 8-ounce bass from the Mallard Lake, which is between the Arkansas and Tennessee border.
The reported world record for largemouth bass is a tie between the United States and Japan, according to a record from the International Game Fish Association, a nonprofit fishing record keeper.
Both countries reportedly had anglers who caught a 22-pound and 4-ounce bass.
The world record bass caught from the U.S. was reportedly caught in 1932 from the Montgomery Lake in Georgia.
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In Japan, the world record bass catch was reportedly caught in 2009 from Lake Biwa in Shiga, a Japanese prefecture to the east of Kyoto, located on the island of Honshu.
Crappies are a North American freshwater game fish who are a part of the sunfish family. Logan Cernosek of Arkansas caught several in April 2023 while fishing with a friend in Randolph County. (Logan Cernosek / Michelle Counts)
Beside the 12-pound, 4-ounce bass, Cernosek and his fishing companion reportedly caught several crappies during their trip and shared photos of the successful haul.
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“Looks like they didn’t do too shabby on the crappie either!” The AGFC Fisheries Division wrote in reference to the pair’s crappie catch on Facebook.