Check out #71 in this list. Jerry New from Marshall Texas with his 17.63. http://tpwd.texas.gov/spdest/visitorcenters/tffc/sharelunker/archives/index.phtml?wcode=0433
I was sitting at Rainswood Marina when Jerry and his partner came walking up with the fish. It was August 28, 1990 about 7:30 pm. I had been out on the lake with customers and was eating a burger when I saw these two guys come into the dock and pull out this gigantic monster of a bass. I ran around to the front counter and told Bill that a new state record was about to come around the corner.
About that time Jerry walked into the store. Bill, the owner of the store and I both knew the fish was a potential state record. Bill called Gary Dugan, the game warden that lived nearby to come witness the catch. As we watched the fish swim around in the minnow vat waiting on Gary to arrive, Jerry and his buddy told us about the catch.
He even went down to the boat and brought the rod & reel to show us the bait that was still curled up on the hook. It was a 12" generic Gator Tail worm in black neon. The worm was mangled up and hanging off the Tru-Turn hook that he had caught her on a few minutes earlier.
We are congratulating Jerry while we wait on the GW to arrive and I tell Jerry that his fish could be the ONE. He looks at me like Huh?? He says, "What do you mean, by that?" I said, "Buddy, that may very well be the new state record!" He looks at me in disbelief...
A few minutes later Gary shows up and we all gather around the scales to see what happens. Bill gets the fish by the mouth and I hold her tail and put my other hand under her belly. We lift her out of the minnow vat and gently set her on the scale. The scale reads 17.63. She is 0.02 of a pound from being a new state record. Mark Stevenson's 17.64 was the record at the time.
The moral of the story is this:
I believe it is POSSIBLE for a fish to weigh as much in the heat of summer as they do in the spring just before they drop their eggs but maybe for only small windows of time after a feeding spree.
Fishing guide, Tony Clark brought a fish to Rainswood one evening that spit up a 2 pound plus crappie while in the minnow vat overnight. His fish went from 12 pounds to 14 pounds in ONE BITE!! And get this - The fish was still feeding when it bit his lizard!
The great thing about bass fishing is there are no absolutes. There are no hard fast rules.