Mark Menendez – B.A.S.S. Record

in 1997 Mark Menendez broke the 24-year-old Bassmaster record big fish record with this 13-9 largemouth from Richland Chambers. The record stood for a little over two years. Photo June 1997 Bassmaster Magazine/Crawford.

in 1997 Mark Menendez broke the 24-year-old Bassmaster record big fish record with this 13-9 largemouth from Richland Chambers. The record stood for a little over two years. Photo June 1997 Bassmaster Magazine/Crawford.

In 1973, the Bassmaster record for big fish was set by Bob Tyndall with a 12-13 largemouth taken from the Rodman Pool in the Florida Invitational held on the St John’s River. That record stood for just over 24 years and was a record many probably thought would never be broken.

Well, as with most records, it was finally broken in 1997 at Lake Richland-Chambers in Texas during the 1997 Megabucks event. The angler to finally break the record was Bassmaster Tour pro, Mark Menendez.

A week or so ago I was lucky enough to be able to sit down with Mark and he told me about that fish. In the video below, Menendez recalls the event and more specifically the day he caught the giant. Although the record only lasted two years, Mark Tyler broke it on the California Delta in 1999, it was one of those records that many thought would never be broken. We hope you enjoy this look back in bass fishing history.

We’d also like to thank Ed Moes for videoing the account.