Gene Amons’s record of 44 lb 4 oz also stands as the highest individual catch for the tournament since 1976. Gene’s catch was an average of 1.58 lb per fish and he was two fish shy of the total limit of 30 fish - 10 fish per day.
A new record was established in 2000 Tournament (to adjust for time fished, legal limits of fish caught, etc.)
2000 - J. G. Greenwood NC set up the new record with 20.905 lb of fish that he caught.
2001 - Todd Malzahn MO caught 24.145 lb
2004 - Dennis Bacon MO caught 30.18 lb
2007 - Todd Malzahn MO caught 33.0 lb
2008 - Glenn Giudice CO caught 49.24 lb
An individual now must beat this weight to hold the record and win money prizes.