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Hunter Yarborough With His State Record
11 lb 4.5 oz Hybrid Black Bass

July 23, 2009

Mississippi State Record Hybrid Black BassIn 1964 Hunter Yarborough caught and had mounted a beautiful 11 pound 4.5 ounce bass.

Fast forward 44 years. In August 2008, Mr. Yarborough came across some 44 year old paperwork that indicated the fish was a state record bass. A catch which had inadvertently been overlooked decades.

A call to the Jackson Fisheries Office initiated a search which uncovered a letter dated November 19, 1964 authored by Mississippi’s first Fish Chief, Barry Freeman.

In December of 2008, Mr. Yarborough delivered the mounted fish to the Jackson Office. Photographs were taken and scales counts were made of the mount. These characteristics were complied and provided to Dr. Todd Slack the ichthyologist at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science Dr. Slack forwarded the information to 22 national fish identification experts. Because the fish was a mount certain key elements, like the pyloric caeca and tongue tooth patch, were not available in the identification. The majority of the experts identified the mount as a Largemouth bass with some characteristics of Spotted bass. With all the votes in, the fish makes the Mississippi fish record book as the new state record Hybrid Black bass at 11 lb 4.5 oz.

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