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The Biggest Crappie Ever Caught

Crappie fishing is a popular sport among anglers, and for good reason. These freshwater fish are known for their delicious taste and challenging nature. While catching a big crappie is always exciting, some anglers strive to catch the biggest crappie ever recorded.

Catching a record-breaking crappie requires skill, patience, and a bit of luck. Anglers must carefully choose their fishing location, bait, and tackle to increase their chances of catching a big one. While some may argue that the thrill of the catch is the most important part of fishing, there’s no denying that breaking a record can be a once-in-a-lifetime achievement.

World Record Crappie

person holding an enormous crappie fish

The world record for the largest crappie ever caught is held by Fred Bright, who caught a black crappie weighing 5 pounds, 7 ounces in 1957 in a private lake in Mississippi. This record still stands today and has not been broken.

The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) recognizes this record as the official world record for black crappie. The IGFA is a non-profit organization committed to the conservation of game fish and the promotion of responsible and ethical angling practices.

The IGFA maintains a database of world records for fish caught by rod and reel in various categories, including freshwater and saltwater species. The organization verifies and certifies world record catches based on strict rules and guidelines.

In addition to the IGFA world record, there are other notable crappie catches that have earned recognition and acclaim. Lionel “Jam” Ferguson, a Tennessee wildlife officer, caught a white crappie weighing 5 pounds, 3 ounces in 2018 in a Tennessee reservoir. This catch was not recognized as an official world record by the IGFA, but it did earn Ferguson a place in the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame.

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