"The biggest bass thus far out of Japan is a reported 17-pounder. In South Africa, there have been a handful of fish that weighed in the midteens. And in the 1980s, the conventional wisdom in the bass fishing world was that the next record was going to come from one of the clear, underfished reservoirs in northern Mexico, lakes like Guerrero, Huites and especially Baccarac, where locals claim to have a found a 26-pound bass floating dead with a 3-pound tilapia stuck in its throat."
I came across this article from Forbes magazine, of all places, talking about how bass fishing has taken off around the world in unlikely places like Japan, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Cuba (among other places). Pretty interesting.
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