52.50kg Bass Groper yesterday 31/1/2014 * Pending WA & Australian record!!

Good mate Steve enjoys fishing out in the super deep and does well. We were talking recently and he said " I want to get a big bass groper Ryan " 
No worries I have a few cheeky spots that hold fish ie 30-40kg Bass Groper so lets go when the weathers suitable. Steve mentioned he was going away for work and Friday (31/1/14) was ther only day! 

I said the weather is very average but Steve owns a 53ft (Nebraska Charters) and he said common mate let's do it ....... mmhhhhh ok!!!

We threw ropes early ie 4am and off we went, we pulled a few fish from Steve's spots ie greyband etc but Steve was keen to hunt for a bass! 

By now the wind was up (even more) and I said we'll go to this spot and give it a go ...... searching searching searching and nothing! 

I said I've got another spot near by and its a bass lump with hard limestone and a hidey hole for a biggen! 

A quick steam and we were back to searching ....... the Furuno sounder looked the goods and I said that's gotta produce ...... Steve drops and within a short time of the baits being on the bottom Steve was on! 

After about a 45 plus minute fight (maybe longer) a massive spa bath of bubbles was hitting the surface about 40 meters out from the boat and one very very big bass groper on the surface! 

We gaffed it and it took every bit of help to get it over the gunnel. I said to Steve that's bigger than the State record which was 46kg on my boat by kasey back in 2009! 

We got it to my home and weight it on very accurate scales( ie the one I used with Kasey State record fish) and it read 52.57 but after 3 times it fluctuated by a kilo but close enough! 

Steve went into MAAC club after leaving my house and they weighed it on Certified scales and went 52.50kg and a pending new State record and Australian record as the Australian record is 49kg in NSW 2004! 

Despite the conditions being very average Steve's boat eats up the conditions and very stable. Congrats to Steve on the trophy Bass Groper and happy to help mate. Steve is getting it taxidermy and the fish going to Fisheries Research after that . It was a great day with yourself and Corey (the human fish scale ha ha)



 Steve 52.50kg Bass Groper


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far out thats a biggn!

Sat, 2014-02-01 11:40

congrats to all involved.
looking at the hook, it doesn't seem that big. What size if you dont mind please Ryan?
and caught without the use of the flashing lights??


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Holy crap

Sat, 2014-02-01 16:20

That's absolutely huge. Congrats. 45 mins on manual windup from the depths would have been quite a workout. 

This would have to take POTM hands done.


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holy s%$#

Sat, 2014-02-01 11:39

thats enormous well done congratulations .


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awesome as they say in the classics

Sat, 2014-02-01 11:43

that is a very nice fish, sounds like he earnt it


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 bloody hell!!!!!!!!!!!

Sat, 2014-02-01 11:46

 bloody hell!!!!!!!!!!!


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Congratulations ... going to

Sat, 2014-02-01 11:55

Congratulations ... going to need a block and tackle on board to beat that next time round .. well done on the record .


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 Sweet Jesus! I'd love a

Sat, 2014-02-01 12:19

 Sweet Jesus! I'd love a double headder of them


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 That is one hell of a fish

Sat, 2014-02-01 12:23

 That is one hell of a fish

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Sat, 2014-02-01 12:25

Thats a fair monster!! Well done to all involved


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Sat, 2014-02-01 13:23

huge BG! awesome job guys and a fair arm stretch for that puppy! Its another world down there in the deep!

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 congrads on the BG!! good to

Sat, 2014-02-01 13:34

 congrads on the BG!! good to see XOS Western Australian Bass

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 That's a monster congrats

Sat, 2014-02-01 13:41

 That's a monster congrats mate

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Sat, 2014-02-01 14:00

 Well done Steve & Ryan!


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 Amazing stuff well done.

Sat, 2014-02-01 14:04

 Amazing stuff well done.


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Boy oh boy

Sat, 2014-02-01 14:06


congratulations on that 1

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Sat, 2014-02-01 14:59

That is a cracking photo to capture an Australian record - straight to the pool room (which will now have to be extended for the taxi'd fish).

Congrats Steve and kudos to Ryan.

Cheers Pete

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Sat, 2014-02-01 15:47

 Cracka Bass. Hard fight no doubt, awesome effort. Congrats Ryan, yet another record to be a part of. Recon, recon, recon = results.


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awesome bass

Sat, 2014-02-01 17:19

Well done top fish they go hard aye

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Sat, 2014-02-01 17:23

 What a awsome catch 

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That is one GIANT fish

Sat, 2014-02-01 17:48

That is one GIANT fish man!!!!
The words 'Well done', does not do it justice! :-)

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Thats a Biggy

Sat, 2014-02-01 18:47

Holy smoke- that's insane!!


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That's a HUGE b*tch!

Sat, 2014-02-01 20:02

 Well done & congratulations!



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Holy Shit

Sat, 2014-02-01 20:07

That's no Bass , it's a Bloody Space station !!!!  Well done on an awesome capture and record


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 show off. Congrats.

Sat, 2014-02-01 20:11

 show off.



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cograts on the monster from

Sat, 2014-02-01 22:07

cograts on the monster from the deep stuff. i would be happy top get one even half that size. bet that one will be mounted above the man cave bar, just where it should go .

certainly some monsters out there. well done and great effort to get it up


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Maybe get it stuffed and put

Sat, 2014-02-01 22:32

Maybe get it stuffed and put it on the wall, would be a great conversational piece. top effort!



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Which one do you want stuffed

Sat, 2014-02-01 22:51

Which one should be stuffed the top one in the second photo or the bottom one lol

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Sat, 2014-02-01 22:47

congratulations on a truly magnificent catch. Well done

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thumping bass

Sun, 2014-02-02 16:46

 great size mate, !


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Sun, 2014-02-02 17:43

 great fish

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thats not a fish , thats a

Sun, 2014-02-02 17:52

thats not a fish , thats a HORSE

well done to all involved as would of taken a team effort and some stressfull moments trying to get that into the boat

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 Nice elephant you manage to

Sun, 2014-02-02 18:03

 Nice elephant you manage to wrangle there. Well done and ripper pics 


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 Congrats Steve on your

Mon, 2014-02-03 14:38

 Congrats Steve on your monster fish. Awesome photos. You boys where definite struggling to lift it. When I saw it. Nice work Ryan, you called it for big fish at that spot well done, recon pays off.

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1 question???

Thu, 2014-02-06 19:29

 How bloody big is your esky?? 

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Thu, 2014-02-06 22:08

Gday mate,
Awesome story and the fish of a lifetime. Just a quick question in regards to taxidermy of a fish this big, who does it and how hard is it to get done?

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Fri, 2014-02-07 07:16

 If you were away and you got more then your 20 kg,s you could be in trubble


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 Well done what a ripper.

Sun, 2014-02-16 12:00

 Well done what a ripper. pity sid breeden of scarborough didnt write the fact it was sent to fisheries for research not only caught for sport, thats what fishing is sport n food gathering. [Sunday times February 16TH YOUR SAY WA. Killed for sport]

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 Holy shit, that is 1 monster

Sun, 2014-02-16 18:59

 Holy shit, that is 1 monster fish, congrats on the the record Steve.

congrats Ryan 4 puting Steve on 2 a record fish like that, all the days off recon you put in on the water, has paid off big time. 

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Big Bass!!!

Sun, 2014-02-16 21:41

 Firstly THANKS  fella's ..... your comments are appreciated!


Sid Breeden (Sunday Times) ...... get your facts straight as you are sooooo wrong!!  


* " Killed for sport " .... get a life as this fish is a very deep water species that suffer the bends so " NO SPORTS " .... just for the feed/fun ...... get that straight!! 

* Dont compare shark issues of late to bass grouper ...... stupid 


* You spelt Bass Groper wrong .... its grouper  

* The weight was 52.5kg NOT 53.5kg 

* Was hauled up from 350m plus not 200m 

* " Clearly not a danger to any humans" ie the bass grouper caught .... your a smart man   

* " Killed simply because someone boast of a state and Australian record "  ...... you dickhead   ..... it was a target species ie " keep the fish" as to its eating quality (very nice) and just so happens it broke the WA and Australian record there for it was claimed..... other wise it was food 


The fact is its gonna be a state record and Australian record, whilst the fish will be Taxidermy it will also be going to FISHERIES RESEARCH wich is very very important!! 


* "to stop wanton destruction of these magnificent harmless fish " you have no idea of these fish or numbers ........ they are plentiful " and never deemed harmfull " (stupid comment) ....... secondly, they arent under any threat hense WA Fisheries are happy with the stocks


Ps ...... Find something where you have merit on and go there .... until then dont sensationalize ..... thats right its the paper!!!  

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Well said Ryan - Sunday Times? Who reads that shit.

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 Is that the one you use to

Sun, 2014-02-16 22:06

 Is that the one you use to wrap your bait with. Lol 

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Wrapping the bait is too good!

Mon, 2014-02-17 16:06

 I use it for wrapping my rubbish. Rubbish paper for rubbish!!!!


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 i knew Sid Breeden through

Wed, 2014-02-19 18:25

 i knew Sid Breeden through work 20 odd years ago. He was old and white then so prob has nothing better to do with his time these days except collect his pension, wash his car, tend to his garden and complain in newspapers! congrats on the record guys, freakin big fish!!! 

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 Ha, so you found it then. 

Sun, 2014-02-16 22:04

 Ha, so you found it then.


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you tell'em

Mon, 2014-02-17 18:40

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 awesome job what gear did

Tue, 2014-02-18 15:11

 awesome job what gear did you get it on

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 Shit journalism at its

Wed, 2014-02-19 15:52

 Shit journalism at its worst, great catch guys!

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 Firstly well done Ryan and

Wed, 2014-02-19 20:07

 Firstly well done Ryan and co for the capture, you leave many jealous .

i have found you educational and one of the most responsible to our past time over the years I have watched you on the box and read your threads.

Don't know about the rest but I really had a gut full of all the Bull dished around by media and other groups and just want to enjoy what I love to do

in my spare time in peace with out some key board warrior,media jock or try hard green person trying to make them selves feel a little better, sell a few papers

or make headlines at someone else's expense.

Keep up the good work Ryan.


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well put

Wed, 2014-02-19 20:18

Great post ryan its dickheads like that , that fishing doesnt need anywhere near it!

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great catch

Wed, 2014-02-19 23:19

Well done all concerned............ well out of my league, ill stick to trying to catch a few pinkies!!!!!!!!


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 Hi Ryan,Just saw this -

Tue, 2014-09-30 14:51

 Hi Ryan,

Just saw this - congratulations to all involved!

I'd glad that my record is now well and truly beaten. Does this merit a return out again? 

One question - how did you wrestle that fish around? The last time, moving the fish broke me. Hauling it in and out of cars/eskys/weighing scales.... not to mention the slime and off to get it taxi-dermied as well...  That itself would be a monumental effort. A fish that size is in a league of its own.

Congratulations and best wishes again,

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far out thats huge! what a

Wed, 2014-10-01 18:55

far out thats huge! what a beast!!! your arms must be sore till this day after trying to bring that in lol, congrats!!


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Tue, 2014-10-07 21:00

Hey Ryan overseas at the moment but the first thing ill be doing after my overseas trip is coming into your store get the right gear to get into the deep stuff.

I have just gotten so much more respect for you the way you dealt with the critics.

Its people like you who make people realise what a great fishery we do have in Wa.



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