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Anglers Inn Angler Sets New Lake Picachos Trophy Bass Record

Mark Owens lands 14-pound, 14-ounce largemouth

Gainesville, FL– Mexico’s Lake Picachos, often considered the best bass numbers lake in the world, now excels at producing huge largemouth bass. Case in point, Mark Owens of southern California just broke the lake record for biggest largemouth bass. His 14-pound, 14-ounce catch exceeded the old record by over two pounds.

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Owens and wife Kimi are no strangers to Anglers Inn International lodges on Lake El Salto and Lake Picachos. The couple have visited both lakes numerous times over the past 20 years. But their January 2024 trip exceeded all their expectations. 

“I caught my big fish on the last cast of the last day,” exclaimed Owens. “My guide was more excited than me, if you can believe that. Best fishing of my life.”

The retired general contractor and wife were targeting pockets and secondary points with 8-foot to 10-foot water using medium-diving firetiger colored crankbaits. The couple were fishing their last morning of the trip and the record breaker was caught just before noon. The pair landed nearly 900 bass during their four and a half days of fishing.

Earlier in the same month Pat Sleeper, also from California, landed a 14-pound, 3-ounce bass at Lake Picachos using fly tackle. 

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