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Current record is from a private impoundment.

So is there a chance a state record class bigmouth is swimming in a public lake or pond?
 

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I have no doubt that it is possible.. there is a lot of public waters that are overlooked.
I agree with where that thinking may lead - it would likely come from some place that will surprise us if it happens. The heavily fished seemingly likely public waters haven't had many near misses (actually none that I have heard of). I think the monster fish are more likely to be in smallish lakes where they rule an area of it that is hard to fish due to timber or other obstructions.
 

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My cousin caught an 11 pounder in a residential lake about 6 years ago. If that fish is still alive it could well be approaching the state record size.
 

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I hope it does. I am not keen on any record type fish coming from private waters that have limited pressure and the possibility that they are being fed, too.


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If i remember right the state record is 15 something. Its not real often you hear of anything much over 10 from anywhere in NC. I remember seeing a 13 out of Jordan back in the 90s and Phil Cable caught one over 14 in the early 90s.

I have heard of some potential records being shocked up.
 

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If I wanted to catch the next NC State record Largemouth Bass, Jordan, Falls, and Salem lake in W-S would be where I would spend my time. Each of these lakes has had multiple LM Bass in double digits electro-shocked during surveys over the years. There are multiple year classes of Bass in these lakes that have the potential to be over 15 #s.

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I've actually been on a shocking boat and picked their brains where such fish might lurk. I know four lakes were ( at least ) they were at one time and none are over 1000 acres. One lake had TWO in a hundred yard stretch of bank.........................what's more interesting is where the 4-5 pound crappie and bream were. :D
 

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there's a pond in Reidsville that will put up 15-16lb bass..........there's been several caught already, possibly even larger....it's on private land
 
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