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By NCWRC blogger on 2/29/2012 10:14 AM
Since earlier this month, rumors have been flying over social media and various fishing-related blogs that a spotted bass caught from Lake Norman on Feb. 11 is destined to be the next new freshwater fishing state record.  However, fisheries biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission want to set the record straight.

While it’s true that a fish looking like a spotted bass of state-record size was caught from Lake Norman, biologists suspect that the fish is actually a hybrid between a largemouth bass and spotted bass. They met with the angler and his fish on Feb. 12-13 and, after careful inspection of the fish, determined that most of the fish’s characteristics indicate a hybrid.  Being a hybrid, the fish would not qualify for a state record because the Commission does not recognize state records for hybrids, with the exception of hybrid striped bass, which are produced and stocked by the Commission. 

If you want to check out the state-record contender, visit Bass Pro Shops in Concord,...

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