• Record-Busting Largemouth Bass Has Fishermen Buzzing

    Friday, February 27, 2015 | 3:27pm

    Friday the 13th was Gabe Keen's lucky day.

    The 28-year-old Campbell County High School history teacher was fishing on Chickamauga Reservoir Feb.13, preparing for an upcoming tournament, when something suddenly hammered his lure. Something big.

    Big, as in a Tennessee state record largemouth bass: 15 pounds, three ounces. It was almost a pound heavier than the former record, which had stood for more than 60 years.

    "I knew it was a big fish when she hit," says Keen, a veteran bass angler and coach of his high school's fishing team. "It was in 20 feet of water and she surged down. At first I thought it was about a 10-pounder. When I got it up to the surface she rolled and I got a look at her. That's when I realized how big she really was."


    Photo by and courtesy, Richard Simms, Scenic City Fishing Charters

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