Interesting question. Each of you should look at your own state, and give an opinion as to the chances of breaking this record.
Nebraska state record I believe, is 2-12. I actually think this could be broken, but I'd suspect that it would come out of private waters. Probably a Western Nebraska lake that gets low pressure, and has northern pike, yellow perch and largemouth bass for predators. I also think that it would have to have lots of submergent vegetation and a large invertebrate base. It could happen. I think that somewhere in Nebraska a fish this size dies, uncaught, every year.
If the world record of 4-12 was broken in my lifetime, I'd be absolutely stunned. However with the advent of thoughtful, intensive management and high quality feeds, a lake like Richmond Mill in North Carolina could give it a run. I'm pretty sure that sometime next fall Richmond Mill will top the 3 pound mark. As far as I know, I have the lake record at 2-10 right now. It's only a matter of time before that's broken!
Not likely....Geneva gills lack mass, and for some reason they never really get a helmet hump...even fish over 10" and up to 12" lack the traits that would be needed to achieve record breaking weights...their simply not thick enough, tall enough, or full breasted enough. There are good numbers of 10"s in Geneva that take refuge in the abyss, and that puts them out of reach of many anglers.
Lake Delavan could easily produce a record if local DNR could implement a protected slot, and selective harvest program. These fish are built like brick you know whats.....very fast growing, small eyes, tall bodies, outrageous mass. I've caught 7.5" gills here that are shaped like a Wendy's hamburger...square!....9.5" Delavan gills are absolute brutes but they become more rare everyday. Delavan receives serious pressure and is subject to a statewide 25 fish daily bag limit.....Unfortunately, too many anglers target the largest gills for harvest during their limit quest.
The Minnesota state record is 2-13 and was caught in 1948 in the county next to me. 1948.....thats is along time ago. I take the same approach as Bruce. I believe it can be busted! It is a matter of time and lots and lots of research. I have a "bucket list" if you will, and that is on there! I want to find the new Mn state record!
I was just wondering if any of you fellow bigbluegill.com'rs felt the same way about your state and the bluegill world we live in?
I believe if the world record were to fall it would come from a private pond or lake. With so many of us gillin' out there we are increasing the odds and it would be so cool to see a new state record or the world record be broken by one of us! Lets keep fishin' hard smart and, do this!!
I think the odds of the world record being broken are pretty long. As to the state record for TN, I'm aiming to grow record-breaking bluegill and shellcracker both in the ponds I manage, but who knows if it will happen. The state record bluegill is three pounds and the shellcracker is 3-5, so that's some big bream...
Sunfish Weight Location Angler Date
Bluegill Sunfish 1 lbs 13 oz Purtis Creek James Sides 6/12/1993
Green Sunfish 1 lbs 3.52 oz Tehuacana Creek Rickie Rivard 4/21/1995
Hybrid Sunfish 0 lbs 15.84 oz Austin Lake Dwayne Kinley 10/19/1997
Longear Sunfish 0 lbs7.68 oz Lake Fork Tyler Russell 6/1/1998
Redbreast Sunfish 1 lbs 10.08 oz Comal River Alex Labowski 8/30/1997
Redear Sunfish 2 lbs 15.84 oz Town Lake John Runnels 4/1/1997
Spotted Sunfish 0 lbs 1.92 oz Onion Creek Artie Hebert 9/21/1993
I personally think that the likelihood of a new world record...a fish that exceeds the 4 lb 12 oz Ketona Lake fish, is very, very remote. But I would love to see it happen.
While researching for the In-Fisherman article that Bruce and I did this past spring, I discovered that the last 'true giant' was caught in Goldwater Lake in Arizona back in 2004. That fish weighed 3 pounds and 15 ounces.To quote...'only one other specimen approaches this fish within the past 15 years, a 3 pound 7 ounce Maryland state record caught in Deep Creek Lake in August of 1998.'
Most current state record gills are dated catches from the 50's, through the 1980's. Indeed...the true 'freak' bluegills that exceed 3 pounds are exceedingly rare. Not impossible, but, Like Bruce, I too would be astounded if the world record gill were to be broken in my life time.