Man breaks smallmouth bass state record

Posted at 9:37 PM, Oct 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-20 21:37:10-04

ALCONA COUNTY, MICH.– A Michigan man broke a state record for catching a very large Smallmouth bass on Sunday.

Greg Gasiciel of Rhodes, Michigan made the big catch while fishing on Hubbard Lake in Alcona County.

According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Gasiciel was bait casting with green grub when he caught the 9.33 pound, 24.50 inch bass.

The record was verified by Kathrin Schrouder, a DNR fisheries biologist in Bay City.

“This additional evidence that Michigan truly has world-class bass fisheries,” said Jim Dexter, Department of Natural Resources Fisheries chief. “Smallmouth bass is one of the most popular, most sought after sport-fish in North America. Even though the Michigan state record stood more than 100 years, we’re excited to see the bar set even higher for those who set out to land this iconic fish.”

The DNR also said the  previous state record for smallmouth bass was set back in 1906 with a 9.25-pound, 27.25-inch fish taken from Long Lake in Cheboygan County. Records show this fish was caught by W.F. Shoemaker.