New state record 'meanmouth'

Updated: March 9, 2005, 6:26 PM ET
By Kory Mitchell | Bassmaster, Dec. 2003

Curtis Walker, St. Charles, Mo., caught the new Missouri state record meanmouth bass, a smallmouth/spotted bass hybrid, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2003, while fishing the Missouri BASS Federation State Tournament on Table Rock Lake out of Kimberling City, Mo.

The fish is locally known as an extremely strong fighting fish, and Walker's experience verified that understanding. Walker stated, "It was the hardest-fighting fish I have ever caught. Actually, on one dive, the fish pulled my rod into the water ...

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