Yesterday I came across an article on the IGFA website (International Game Fishing Association) that covered a recent catch by a guy who broke the world record for largemouth bass that has stood for 70 something years. The guy opted not to go through the process of submitting his catch for the record for various reasons, mostly though it was due to perceived peer pressure. Peer pressure!!!! Now I realize this is the most hallowed record (freshwater or otherwise in North America, heck maybe the world), but it seems to me that there is a process that IGFA has for all fish, why not let them do the disqualifying (if any) in relation to the catch? As the article goes the angler checked out some internet polls and the opinions were split down the middle toward whether his fish was legitimate or not. Now my thoughts lean toward the angler getting the credit if credit is due. Let the IGFA settle the issue. The "peers" in the community aren't going to want to see anyone shatter the record unless it's them. This record is going to fall one day like all others, why not now? It just seems like so much sour grapes to me...what will an angler have to do for a record catch to be A-ok with everyone in that community? Have the hookset puncture the lips 8 millimeters below the right eye parallel with the fish's lateral line? Do you need a football stadium load of witnesses to make everything all right? Please. If you catch a flathead that weighs 140 pounds people arent going to care as long as you hooked him the right way on rod and reel and got him in the boat/bank. Heck, it would be accomplishment enough to land such a beast without the politics attached to the catch. I would like to hear from some of you present of former bass fishermen on this subject. What makes that record so special with everything having to be so perfect? Personally, they better pray that I dont get lucky and catch it fishing for flatheads. LOL. Anyway, what are some of your thoughts?