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Black Sea Bass: 1900

Black Sea Bass: 1900

A world's record 384-pound black sea bass caught by Franklin Schenck of Brooklyn with rod and reel off Catalina Island, California, on August 17, 1900. View full size

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Indonesian Black sea bass

Hi all, my name is Welly m (Balikpapan - Indonesia) ,...2 days ago, I catched a black sea bass with my reel, it's about 12 Kg, and I cooked it in Rica-Rica (Indonesian Tradisional Recipe) Very nice taste.

Sea Bass

Some more sea bass sport-fishing photos.

i dunno

it's not real, look closely at the lighting, very shiny and bright all close up on fish, dim on people, or maybe sharper and brighter on fish and dull on the people

[Yes, it's real, and it's in the Library of Congress archives. It was also reproduced in newspapers across the country. See clip below from the New York Times. - Dave]

Is this real???

Is this real???

Enter Name Here Fish

Whatever kind of fish that is, it's phenomenal!!
Could you imagine trying to reel something like that in?!
It's fantastic.
What a great photo!!

A Big Fish

From the New York Times of August 27, 1900:

A Big Fish

From The Los Angeles (Cal.) Herald.

Catalina Island, Aug. 18. — The world's record for the heaviest fish landed with rod and reel was broken yesterday afternoon by F. S. Schenck of New York, who brought in a jewfish, or black sea bass, weighing 384 pounds, which was captured on a twenty-one-thread Cuttyhunk line after a twenty-minute fight. The record has previously been held by T. S. Manning, who, on Sept. 16 last year, took a 370-pounder after a two hours' contest.

No way.

no way. That thing's gotta be this thing:
Not exactly the same thing as the black sea bass in that other article. big difference between 5 lbs and 384 lbs.

Is this real

I never hear anything like this before ? That thing must weight 1/2 tone! Can eat a man!


That fish is unbelievable!!!
What an amazing picture.

That's a BIG ol' fish. Bob

That's a BIG ol' fish.

Bob from Iceland.


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