Fishing buddies Joe “Brooks” Morrell and Richie Barnes are on some kind of a roll for giant largemouth bass. The two anglers from Starke have collectively caught-and-released four bass with an aggregate weight over 50 pounds
You read that correctly. That’s an average weight of nearly 13 pounds per fish.
But that’s not all. The largemouths were all caught on artificial lures, officially weighed and measured and witnessed by Florida wildlife officers.
Three of the bass were caught on March 8, including the largest weighing 14 pounds, 9 ounces. The second-largest fish, weighing 13 pounds, 12 ounces, was caught on March 1.
All of these once-in-a-lifetime bass were duped via sight-fishing using soft-plastic crawfish-imitating lures on Kingsley Lake in Clay County near Camp Blanding.