UK Bass Record Broken By Whitby Angler

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UK Bass Record Broken By Whitby Angler

Whitby Angler John Locker Breaks The UK Bass Record

A new British record bass has been caught off the coast of Portsmouth, and better still it fell to local angler John Locker of Whitby.  John who currently serves with the Royal Navy caught the new record bass  just days before he went on tour to Afghanistan. It is thought that the monster fish took a pouting, which had in turn taken his sand-eel livebait.

UK Bass Record - John Locker Whitby

UK Bass Record – John Locker Whitby

The bass weighed 19-13-8 or 9 kilograms exactly, smashing the previous record (which is also shown below) by just over an ounce.

John says – “I caught the fish on 20lb mainline and hooklength, 3/0 sakumas with a shakespeare salt fixed spool ( the old model ) and on a medium frozen ammo sandeel rigged up like a sidewinder on a boom in strong tide in front of an ambush point I had found. It did spit out a big pouting whilst I was unhooking it but it had been in the fish a while.

  • Fish Caught 6-11-2012
  • Rod – Unknown
  • Reel – Shakespeare salt fixed spool
  • Line – 20lb Shakespeare Main-line With 20lb Amnesia Hook lengths.
  • Hook – Sakuma size 3/0 540 Manta hook.

Sandown Pier Isle Of Wight – The Old British Shore Caught Bass Record

Steve Cave with his amazing Bass caught from Sandown Pier Isle Of Wight

The fish was taken by local angler Steve Caves, who was fishing a whole squid bait.

The fish, which is now at Scotties tackle shop in Sandown, measured 36 inches long and beats the long standing shore caught record of 19lb, a fish caught way back in 1988 from Dover breakwater.

The fish was weighed twice on the pier at 19lb 12oz and then in the tackle shop at 19lb 11oz 12dr.

The Old UK Bass Record Steve Cave Sanddown Pier - 19lb 11oz

Steve Cave who caught the old UK Record Bass was slated on many of the UK’s Fishing Forums for actually killing the bass with some unhappy anglers claiming he only killed the bass to claim a record.

Some anglers say the bass should have been returned to fight another day.

Unhappy with the comments about his record bass in the Whitby fishing forum Steve Cave Signed up to defend himself. Steve says :

hi all I’m Steve cave,

I’m the fella that cought this monster bass.

I didn’t kill it just to get a record it was like any other fish in size and tasty.

it was going on my table,just like what most other sea fishing People do with there catch.

Its held out that far cos it was heavy no other reason, I’m not digging at any 1 its not my style, but it looks like iv got to take all the crap lobed at me for catching a British record at 11pm and not Knowing it was a record until later.

But i suppose thats my fault for no Noin everything.

Any way for your info the fish has been given to the natural history museum so you can all go and see it if you like. Theres my 2bobs worth

Tight lines Ppl but dint put hooks on and bait. Trust me its not worth the s##t that you will get if you get a record catch.


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Site Administrator Glenn Kilpatrick has a passion for all types of sea angling. Past winner of the Whitby Sea Anglers fishing club on 2 occasions, Glenn now mainly focuses on summer fishing with bass and pollack being his favoured target fish. Glenn now also prefers Kayak Fishing over any other type of Sea Fishing.


  1. scott wallace May 6, 2008 at 7:04 pm - Reply

    i am chuffed to bits that the recored got broken, it goes to prove that there are massive fish out there, and i am so envious of you for catching such a dream fish, i am coming the the isle of wight this week to give it a go and see what i can catch, i would be so happy to catch 1 half the size, well done mate and tight lines!

    • keith January 8, 2013 at 6:26 pm - Reply

      Sod what others say, half of them screaming “it should be put back” are just jealous gits cos they didn’t catch it. Well done, just do me a favor and beat the record again just to upset more of the fish my way brigade.

  2. Mat June 9, 2008 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    This is prime breeding stock and probably female given the size so in the perfect world she should have gone back. However, it would take a significantly bigger man than me to chuck her back if I caught her so well done to you sir. I thought the days of these fish were well and truly behind us so its great to see. Who knows, maybe her sister is lurking out there…

  3. matt walters July 12, 2008 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    Hi Steve a

    awesome fish mate f**k what everyone one else says the fish dont say sorry when there striping our hooks of expensive peeler crab and letting us blank a session. so F**k what any on else thinks you sat on the beach in the middle the night to catch that bad boy well deserved tight lines


  4. chris July 31, 2008 at 10:48 am - Reply

    awsome fish….wouldnt ind catchin 1 like it. good luck 4 the future!


  5. steve cave August 13, 2008 at 10:58 pm - Reply

    hiya people
    many thanks for your comments
    iv got over all the bull shit still fishing hard on shore in my boat ad on my kayak.still not catching much on shore tho with the trawlers still netting too close in tho
    tight lines peeps and have fun

    steve cave

  6. littlefisherman August 29, 2008 at 10:37 pm - Reply

    Superb catch mate, you shouldnt even be answering the criticsm, your not a commercial fisherman so you were there to catch fish that God put in the sea….and all that. Dont even rise to them, they aare not worth it mate, fishing is not a sport, its a way of living. Tight Lines.

  7. littlefisherman August 29, 2008 at 10:42 pm - Reply

    Its annoying that people who fish for profit or mantelpiece Silverware should even trouble you, you obviously dont mess fish about for cash or trophies, well done mate, catch some more and invite me round for massive fishermans pie and pints of cold wine.

  8. david September 21, 2008 at 11:00 am - Reply

    brilliant fish well done…

  9. Ted Newgent October 5, 2008 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    This fish should really have been returned. What a very irrespobable thing to do given the current state of UK fish stocks. This selfish action is contributing to the death of sea fishing in our country. Think twice next time.

    • chris May 10, 2012 at 2:34 pm - Reply

      yeah well tell that to the to the gits with the nets who are coming in to close fishing, if old boy did not catch it then the nets would of, so if your going to critasise anyone then do it to the men with the nets, us anglers dont even touch the point of taking as much fish out of the waters as them, well done steve for the great catch well deserved hopefully there is one that size waiting for me tight lines 🙂

    • rik November 15, 2012 at 9:33 am - Reply

      Ted, how terribly bitter a comment. You should get out more rather than have a go at people like Steve. Congrats Steve.

  10. Harvey October 6, 2008 at 12:20 pm - Reply

    I have just taken a 13 lb 6oz fish and I believe that a such a fish of approx 30 years of age is as I am …..”over the hill” when it comes to procreation. The young buck bass are out there to further the species.

    All the “put down” merchants should perhaps think twice about their moaning. Maybe they should turn their attention to the commercial liners and netters who do infinitely more damage the individual could ever do in a lifetime of angling….and then some.
    Well done for such a cracking specimen. Sorry you didn’t get to eat it.
    Tight lines!

  11. ash February 8, 2009 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    Well done m8 if you did not claim it some one else would have when they got the fish. If not it would of end up being sold at a fish market at some time. All i can say is i would not know what i would have done if i got that fish. Its a hard one me and my m8s keep thinking about what we would of done if we were to have a fish of that size…………….
    Tight Lines

  12. Ray Price February 8, 2009 at 9:43 pm - Reply


  13. Mike Mayweather February 25, 2009 at 11:29 pm - Reply

    Fancy killing such a specimen. That is a prime breeding stock fish and you have stopped it from creating the next generation of bass. Hang your head in shame.

  14. Bishop Len Brennan February 26, 2009 at 8:31 pm - Reply

    Lets have a little perspective here. One fishing line, one big fish (and a lot of patience and passion to get it..) no trawler, no drift net, no commerce. No inflated fishmonger/supermarket pricing and….. dinner for twenty no doubt. Fantastic. Ye lucky fukr.

  15. 123danpokemon March 10, 2009 at 1:44 pm - Reply

    Mike Mayweather get over it
    i bet u go to your local fishmongers every week to get your
    bit of cod or your bass were do u think they came from
    i bet they r good sised fish but the trollers net 100s of them
    we sit on are ass for hours for waiting for a take
    but we only keep 1 or 2 10-15 pound fish in a life

  16. steve cave March 10, 2009 at 4:00 pm - Reply

    i was lucky and its a night ill never forget ;d

  17. Jamie Robson March 31, 2009 at 7:00 pm - Reply

    Steve, hats off to ya mate what a cracking fish! Im yet to catch a bass so im looking forward to hunting them down this year! Give me a few 3 or 4lbers and ill be happy. If i caught a fish like that id have no doubt, its going home with me.

  18. pete April 11, 2009 at 1:06 pm - Reply

    all the people who have to take the piss for taking such a big fish from the sea have never had a fish on there line of that size to start with of any bread. i am a corse fisherman and have been all my life. at only 29 thats not long but iv landed some monsters in my time. some have gone back some have gone on then table.i think anyone who thinks that this fish is the only one of that size in our seas thay must be pissed.

  19. Alister Ruddick April 28, 2009 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    One man, One Rod, One cracking fish. I would have killed that fish just for the glory of holding a record. Bass stocks are possibly declining? I dunno they might be getting more spread out? I dunno. But what I do know it is not anglers. Its gikll netters, commercial fishermen and the EU that is to blame for anything like that. So I am off to catch a bigass bass and when i do i will humanely whack it on its shnorker because it has probably spawned more than 99.9% of fish anyway.

  20. mick cassidy May 11, 2009 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    personnaly i am gutted to see such a magnificent specimen killed. not having ago at the captor, or anyone else. well done for catching it mate.


  21. steve cave May 23, 2009 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    Hey Steve its Steve Cave here across the pond in CA. 3 yrs ago I caught a 12lb 5oz large mouth bass I can only imagine what it was like to catch on like that. Keep on catchen the big ones good luck. Steve Cave in the U S

  22. steve cave June 1, 2009 at 9:28 pm - Reply

    cheers steve cave
    steve cave 🙂

  23. Ricky July 2, 2009 at 10:45 pm - Reply

    Nice fish mate. As far as the criticism goes the unwritten rule is 36cm or 37.5 cm for taking home. Since yours is 3 feet i dont think you have a problem. Good fish mate and fuck em all. Like everyone decent person above would admit, it would be in the bag!

  24. lee critchley ryde isle of wight July 19, 2009 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    i am a very keen angler on the island mainly fishing for bass my biggest bein 12lb 2oz im now well on a mission to beat this fish of yours steve! haha im hot on the trail for your record! what an absolute amazin feat to land such a magnificent example of what could wander past ur rod on the islands shores it gives me butterflys in my stomach to imagine what must of been goin through ur mind when u first saw what was on the end of ur line! an im sorry but not even god himself would of return that bass bk to sea i know i wouldnt of! lol tight lines buddy ule be hearing from me real soon when u hand over the record!! lol every mans entitled to dream!! lol

  25. Dave August 8, 2009 at 11:37 pm - Reply

    Well done on such a catch.
    Everyone please stop hounding on about returning it…….. it was over the LEGAL limit.
    People do go on about dwindling fish stocks when the fish they buy from the supermarket is trawled.

    nice fish once again,

    tight lines….very tight lines!!!

  26. steve cave September 13, 2009 at 5:57 pm - Reply

    hi all
    nearly 2 years now and im still holding the record ;d

    come on lee get ya finger out bud i dont want this record for 20 od years


  27. Stuart September 26, 2009 at 11:05 am - Reply

    What a fish
    I was on the beach at perranporth last week and the thought crossed my mind as to what i would do with the
    monster Bass of a lifetime.
    Kill it or Keep it???
    If it was possible to return it alive i would do, after the photo session,
    but if not then humanely dispatch it.
    Maybe it will be my turn one day to actually have to make that decision, untill then i will keep fishing looking for that elusive 20 pounder.
    Well done mate tight lines
    Stuart Allen

  28. maurice markham September 26, 2009 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    UNBELIEVABLE, As sea anglers we all with the exception of a very small minority eat some of our catch, there can only be one reason why people have given you a hard time and that is JEALOUSY, believe it mate I’m jealous, I would have weighed it for curiosity before eating it, as it was dead you have done what you thought was the right thing, how can anyone knock you, the closest I ve been is my missus caught a 10lb bass at Wigtown, Scotland. It was the best tasting fish weve ever had.
    Until the claiming of records is changed HOW CAN ANY ONE KNOCK A SPECIMEN HUNTER, the do gooders should be trying to change the record claiming process or scrap the records.
    Surprised I have only just come across this.

  29. Mick Hall October 15, 2009 at 8:05 am - Reply

    I hate to see these stupid remarks re putting this fish back in. Generally we as anglers go after preditor type fish because usually we’re going to eat it after we catch whatever. The people who are knocking this very addept angler should be ashamed of themselves but as Falkus once said there are some aanglers too ready to find out what some of us are doing and stop us from doing it -even if it is entirely legit. The same goes for some stupid objectors near Tomintoul who could not catch salmon but condemmed anglers who could catch them just by being different but entirely legal in their fishing techniques. These grislers don’t deserve any curtesy whatsovever. They do not deserve my money either. STEVE — Keep doing what you are doing with an absolutely clear consience you’re fishing style is to be applauded.

  30. Mick Hall October 15, 2009 at 8:27 am - Reply

    I’ve just read all the comments after writing my ‘bit’ above and it seems clear there are few so called fisherment out there with some very funny ideas and of course it’s best to ignore them because their comments don’t mean much to ordinary folk. Such as it is they must be usually well off and can easily buy what they want to eat from the fish mongers…..
    I meant to say yes I’m pretty sure there are big fish out there because my mate & myself were both broken on 20lb line only last week in Wales. Clive Gammon used to say the biggest record breaking Bass in Wales must surely be there in the particular places we fish. Well done Steve.

  31. craig stallard October 15, 2009 at 11:32 am - Reply

    that is an amazing bass i wud av done the same at the end of the day people say it sud stay in there r mad so there pritty much sayin thats the only big bass there bulls**t u cought it u deserve 2 do with it how u please

    p.s i wanna catch 1 that big haha

  32. Kieron November 1, 2009 at 6:38 am - Reply

    Message for Steve – the captor,
    Well done Steve – that’s an awesome fish! We have just got back from the island and my kids would be well impressed to see a brittish record breaking angler on the site (and I would too of course). We stayed at Rookley for the carp fishing but we did have a dabble off the pier and caught some small wrasse. I can’t wait to show them what they COULD have caught! Tight ines!

  33. Mike Quick November 1, 2009 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    Just come back from Whitsands in Cornwall and i was catching 2 pound bass for 4 days loved it for the crack .I returned all of them but i bet you know if i cought that badboy it would be on my plate ,Nice one m8.

  34. lee critchley November 17, 2009 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    lol theres no fear of holding it for 20 yrs steve ive had a 15,7 since my last best of 12 so believe im on the case i fish for nothing else now i want one of those beasts!! stuffed on my wall with a picture of urs under it! lol bass are a magnificent fish that provide amazin sport i have ur pictures on my wall as inspiration and encouragement to “get my finger out “as u say ile look forward to a nice cold pint from u when i beat ur weight! game on matey lol titelines fellow fish fans

  35. william potts March 31, 2010 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    what a great fish well done keep it up and tight lines.

  36. steve cave April 26, 2010 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    hiya william
    im keeping it up ha but the sodding netters dont give any 1 a chance these days


  37. mick sullivan May 30, 2010 at 11:40 am - Reply

    Well done Steve Cave, certainly the fish of a lifetime for any angler, for those that think the fish should have been retuned..think on this, put yourself in Steves position, fish caught in the middle of the night, no acurate scales available to check weight, fish possibly near record size, well what would you do…99/100 anglers would do the same and rightly so….the odd 1% would have photo,taken vital statistics,taken scale sample for B.A.S.S then put it back,….again the right thing to do if thats your bag.
    So dont knock him people, this was a very old fish has probably 30 years plus and possibly having spawned 25 times had done its bit. Killing juvenile bass of between 1.5 to 5.5 lbs does far more harm than knocking the odd oldie on the head, spawning wise. Cheers all. Mick.

  38. Daniel Hughes June 4, 2010 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    Congratulations Steve. Shame its come with a bit of controversy but I’m sure you will never forget catching such a fine specimen. I have to say though that we should all let this be a lesson. Firstly we don’t have to keep fish to prove their weight if you think its a potential record breaker, two witness,’ some photo’s, and a decent set of scales are all that are needed. Secondly, everyone always harps on about what we do as anglers is somehow irrelevant in comparisson to trawlers. Rest assured we are putting huge pressure due to the fact that stock levels are already so depleted. We also put huge pressure on bait source and litter and leave toxic weights lying around the ocean. I myself will take on the very odd occasion a bass or cod however probably only two to three fish per year which I feel is responsible. The problem is people always put their own interests before the planet and other wildlife that shares it with us.

  39. Spindriftwizard July 20, 2010 at 10:02 pm - Reply

    Hi Steve,

    Its a long time coming from me to send my congratulations on your once in a life time catch. I am my self a fanatical bass angler. However, I wanted to stay out of all the nonsense that you had to put up with! I have seen all this before with mates over fresh water records. You had to kill the fish because nobody would of believed you. Unfortunately in this life because of jealousy your dammed if you do and your dammed if you don’t. Just out of interest was it really a squid or was it really a cuttle-fish that you took the bass on!? I wish you all the best and tight lines for the future. Contact me by e-mail if you wish. Tim Green

  40. steve cave August 4, 2010 at 11:08 pm - Reply

    hiya tim green
    yes it was a bit of old squid that had already been used as bait that 1 of my mates took off his hook and chucked it on the floor so i reused it

    steve cave

  41. andy batten August 5, 2010 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    hi steve, well done and what a beauty and it wasn,t an off chance im guessin,.Put the hours in does count,as for your knockers its envy because if they felt so strongly over one single fish irrelevant its size why don,t they lobby their local mp,s on how our waters [ not europes ] are over fished by unscupplerous skippers of huge boats that cause envoirmental disasters everyday.I wish you well and every other line angler the same.Andy B plymouth.

  42. steve cave August 7, 2010 at 9:24 am - Reply

    top words andy thanx

  43. arry August 10, 2010 at 9:03 pm - Reply

    steve cant really say what others havent,i think well done thats what youve been after,,all the shite that goes on in this world your a man with a rod and a reel,, what people who put you down think.. i hope you enjoyed every second of your catch,,well done that man…..cheers arry

  44. r hartley August 20, 2010 at 9:59 am - Reply

    i caught a great bass but didnt ave any scales so i measured it at 535mm long and 10 inch round its middle, and all i can say is it was delicious!!! nice one steve, i hope this shows the critics that there are still huge fish in our waters. where do these stupid people get their info from? i think they just make up statistics to justify their existance! nice one to all you fishing people,and especially you steve,lucky bugger,lol.

  45. Vince Woodley September 6, 2010 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    Hi Steve, I’m astonished by what I’ve heard about the unfounded stick you’ve had about this record bass. The real problem here isn’t one guy & a rod, it’s the commercial fishing industry using hi-tech kit to decimate the bass stock. The USA had the guts to deal with the destruction of it’s Striped Bass sports fish population & now their stocks are recovering. A high 28″ size limit for “keepers” and a maximum of 2 kept Striped Bass per person (angler or commercial fisherman) have done the trick. Putting a single fish back will have a totally insignificant impact compared to similar measures to protect our bass. With imported Mediterranean farmed bass readily available as a consumer substitute the criticism should be directed at the government fisheries policies not you. I spent many nights on Sandown Pier in my youth trying to catch such a fish & I can say that if I’d caught such a fish it wouldn’t have gone back. Well done! Vince Woodley [PS I went on the Natural History Museum “Spirit Tour” last weekend to see their Giant Squid – I was flabbergasted to find your bass sitting on a shelf next to the squid. Thanks for donating it as it made my day!]

  46. Ror September 7, 2010 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    Nice one dude, that musta been heelova fight. I got a nine pounder from a kayak last friday down in Cornwall and it took 25 mins to bring in while leaving my mate to float off over the horizon. Yup they sure do taste good as well! Keep it up Ror

  47. steve cave September 9, 2010 at 6:39 pm - Reply

    glad you got to see the bass Vince
    rather big innit


  48. Vince Woodley September 22, 2010 at 11:54 pm - Reply

    Me too Steve!
    My view of it was distorted by the glass tube but my impression was that it wasn’t a lot longer than a big “trophy” bass but that the prize winning weight came from it’s girth. Was that your impression?

    By any chance it didn’t have Krill lure in it’s mouth from my lost bass at Portsmouth Harbour did it? 😉

    I did gave Bembridge Harbour a try on 13th Sept but unfortunately it’s Grandmother wasn’t ready for me. YET! 😉 I also had a chat at Scotties & quite frankly we both felt a lot of the stick you’re getting is based on simple jealously. I CAN understand that – you should have put MY bass back you b******d! 😉 But I can forgive you. BUT that’s only after a single-handed beach-caught catch of a 50lb Tarpon this year in Cuba made up for the lost of the biggest fish landed from Sandown Pier when the gaff hook bent on my Conger & dropped it back into the sea & broke my line (only a mere 35’ish years ago!) :-(. Doesn’t time just NOT fly when you can still see that moment! Hopefully the strengthen gaff hook that Chris Self-Baker then provided the SLAS club with is still available ready for that 20lb bass that might be coming for me when I’m next there! I wish, but so do we all…. 😉

  49. tiger November 18, 2010 at 5:35 pm - Reply

    hi steve
    good on you nice fish, a lifetime achevement for a bass angler,
    ive had a ten pounder myself and put it back in the water, but if any one with me ate bass would of given it over no problem.
    dont worry about the critics as they will fade away but the fish will always be there,
    tiger wales

  50. african November 19, 2010 at 9:59 pm - Reply

    if you are a real man, then you are a hunter gatherer.this is your instinct. nevermind the wet rag comments

  51. vorny January 24, 2011 at 8:07 pm - Reply

    Hi Steve a friend of mine was telling me about your record today, so I got on google to come and check it out. What a story, Fantastic fish you got there mate.
    I live down here on the south coast in Weymouth and fish Chesil beach, there is a rumor going round the town that somebody caught a 20lb plus Bass from shore the other week but no pictures or evidence as of yet.(lol) Either its not true or the angler responsible is not wanting to come forward in case of having to deal with all the bull sh**t that people might say about keeping such a fish.
    Well done once again !!
    If it was me I would of done the same as you buddy.

  52. steve_s May 30, 2011 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    Good on ya, I’ve got a recipe if you want. A big bass like that will be eating lots of schoolies – they are cannibals after all… removing a big predator lets the others come through. Catch, cook, eat, thats why I go fishing 🙂 Keep your hooks sharp, your line wet and your beer cold – cheers mate

  53. Harry O'Neill June 9, 2011 at 9:49 pm - Reply

    Hey, I’m a 14 year-old angler who enjoys shore fishing. Well done that bass is a beast! My biggest from the shore is 2lb 8oz, I’m going to the Isle of white in August for bass, smoothounds and rays, Im itching to try feshwater bay and brightstone 🙂 Fishing is my life

  54. james b June 20, 2011 at 8:08 pm - Reply

    hi ya steve,well done on this great bass 🙂 i too fish for them so far my biggest 11lb03oz and had loads of others,i had two 6lb the other day in bognor regis where i live.Dont worry what others say keep up the good fishing mate take care james

  55. Mr White June 22, 2011 at 11:16 am - Reply

    Cracking fish, just what a waste it had to die. Steve says it’s for the pot… but if he’s a true bass angler he would know that at the size of that fish ‘it would taste dreadful’. The fish would be years and years old and taste nothing like a 2-3lb bass. Enjoy your horrid meal… and your record!

  56. Jackson July 3, 2011 at 5:11 pm - Reply

    Well done Steve, from a West Cornwall bass angler. I catch to eat as well and would of done the same i put bass back upto a certain size(bigger than the standard limits) so that they can at least spawn once or twice maybe in there lifetime. well done 🙂 a new record to beat and more people to upset lol

  57. Mr B July 14, 2011 at 10:28 pm - Reply

    Good on yer everyone would love to catch a bass half the size!!
    Get real whether you eat it,stuff it or let it go one line caught fish is not going to make the difference to bass stocks its the over fishing of some commercial boats.

  58. Trudi August 18, 2011 at 11:25 pm - Reply

    I caught a 9lb sea bass of padstow this week. First time line fishing off a boat ever. The men on board could not belive a woman could perform such a feat all by myself. I baked it with soy sauce, lemon, bay carrots and leeks, lovely! I caught it and respected it enough to use every last bit, nothing wasted. Even the head went for chowder. Dead Fish get thrown from trawlers every day. As long as you don’t just chuck it in a bin ( which would be a crime) and my husband and two teenagers thought it delicious!!!

  59. chris September 3, 2011 at 11:06 pm - Reply

    well done m8 iv been fishing the west solent an needles now for 10 years (prevously comeing from weymouth and fishing portland race)for bass iv had quite a few biggies, best last september (2010) 14lb 7oz which i kept to eat and a few 5lbers over the years, chucked 90% back including 11s 10s 8s eg. i would have kept it to eat and its probably bred for 16ish years. bass fishermen and commershal fishermen are prob jealous they havent got the chance to catch it.i am lol, but in the last 3 years ive had 2 monsters on that wouldnt of fit in the net and seen another 3 on friends rods that have come up seen us/light/boat and turned head an snapped off! they cant all be the same fish can they? so theres more out there peeps and now its september we got 2 months left to beat it, keep it, cook it and eat it, tight lines!

  60. Russell Woodford September 29, 2011 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    Hi Steve.

    Have just caught 12lb 4 oz Bass off the shigle bank near the needles
    a fish i shall never forget, A fish of a life time best.

    I too kept mine we can now class ourselve as very fortunate and lucky anglers.

    These large bass are not prime stock fish infact they feed on smaller fish the contents of mine had small checker bass in its belly when i cutted it at that age they just feed……….(FACT)

  61. Dave Camo October 29, 2011 at 2:02 pm - Reply

    Im a big fan of bass fishing, its getting harder and harder to catch bass from the shore and off the boat. the commercial boys and trawlers are causing the damage theres no doubt about that.

    i recently spoke to a local fisherman in dorset about bass fishing , he informed me that his friends net for sole, and the amont of dead 10- 17lb bass that end up in the net is unbelivable. thats why sea anglers are struggling to finish a session without blanking.

    I do think to many fish get knocked on the head as a trophy prize. its a tricky one because angling isnt cheap, its not easy , so why shouldnt you be able to put a meal on the table. i still believe there 1,000’s of fish that get killed by anglers that dont even enjoy eating fish. ended up in the freezer for 5 years.

    Bass deserve respect and should be appreciated, its the best fighting fish by far so offers the best sport.
    without big bass the sport will suffer.

    The bass that you caught steve was a fantastic fish, but i personally feel a fish of that size deserves respect, you must of enjoyed catching it i bet you were buzzing. yet you have killed something that made you very happy , which is a bit strange.
    i agree a bass of that size wouldnt taste great at all a 3lb bass is a much better eating fish then a 10 lb bass. personally i dont think i could kill a 19lb bass and i love eating fish i and i spend alot of money on angling, but i would take a 19lb cod. its a tough one, i admire you for landing this beast. its a great catch that i dont think ill see again in my lifetime.
    were you right were you wrong for killing it??????
    who no’s mate? i no 1 thing john darling will be turning over in his grave.

    is there anyfottage of the bass getting landed mate?

  62. pete November 3, 2011 at 9:03 pm - Reply

    well done on your catch steve. ppl who whinge bout it going back in the sea are jealous they never caught it, n you shouldnt feel bad by there comments. after all, bet most who whinged wouldv taken the fish home.again well done mate

  63. sandown yakker November 7, 2011 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    people should know steves a top bloke and great angler. he puts hundreds of hours in every year and totaly deserved this fish of a life time.
    anyone who thinks they got a right to give him negative abuse should go and do there homework regarding breeding bass and the current stocks.
    this fish would have ended up in the many nets that abound our beautiful bay. im certain this is not the first monster either,just you wont here any of the commercials telling you they get them.
    as for the question of would i have killed this fish…..too right if i caught it its mine to do as i wish. you fools that mock steve should be thanking steve for being considerate enough to donate it for the country to see,i wouldnt have.
    i fish to catch,and to eat, nothing more or less.
    if i wanted to sport fish or just to have the buzz then id stick to my local carp pond

  64. steve cave November 15, 2011 at 7:33 am - Reply

    Dave camo
    sorry no footage it all happend so fast.

  65. steve cave November 15, 2011 at 7:35 am - Reply

    Russell Woodford

    very true
    congrats on your monster


  66. barry kirby December 12, 2011 at 5:42 pm - Reply

    you were lucky mate as weve had a 18lb 2 oz bass down here in plymouth on 9/12/11. we nearly got the record for the southwest anglers.we will be keep trying so don’t get to used on keeping that record.cheers barry kirby.saltash

  67. joseph mcdonald April 8, 2012 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    i caught one 2 years back at 63 cm it waighed 12lbs 11oz it was great:D

  68. youngman May 4, 2012 at 8:04 pm - Reply

    i have just lost a bass i think would have been very close to this.gutted!!! as i was reeling her in i thought about what to do when landed. i decided she was for the table! i need not have fretted to much as she unhooked herself 2 feet in front of me!!1 man 1 reel makes no significant impact upon any fish stocks.
    congratulation, a fish of a lifetime!

  69. Alex Clarke August 24, 2012 at 10:00 pm - Reply

    records are made to be broken! yea it was prime breeding stock but think of all the years that fish has had to breed. i think its done its job well through the years and to any angler pulling in such a monster, its like winning the lottery. except in steves case, he won the lottery and gave it to charity (museum)! F**k the critics, as long as they eat so much as a fishfinger they’re supporting the overfishing of the commercial industry who take out anything and everything in their nets as well as throwing dead fish back into the sea that they cant make a profit off. if i caught it, i’d eat it! i’d invite my friends and family and put that bad boy across the entire table. and there wouldnt be a single thought about the one that got away cause by god it wouldnt have been one that big!! and just a little food for thought… if it wasnt for commercialization and overfishing, those of us who make the effort to sit for 10 hours or more to catch our dinner would be able to release 90% of the fish we catch and to be fair, i think time money and effort we put in, we deserve more than anyone to enjoys the spoils of the sea.

  70. JohnJ October 3, 2012 at 10:57 am - Reply

    Congratulations – brilliant fish – enjoy the fish supper
    For those who say it should have been returned to the sea – a fish that size is too old to breed so makes no difference to breeding stock

  71. Tony Blake November 19, 2012 at 5:35 pm - Reply

    Each to their own well done cracking fish. Oh did I forget to say how jealous I am. Tight line and congrats

  72. Gary November 25, 2012 at 12:27 pm - Reply

    Well done Steve, don’t listen to all the dins that say you should have put it back , they are dead jealous and have probably never caught fuck all!

  73. dave cam December 1, 2012 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    Record smashed last week 20 lb bass dockyard portsmouth, even coughed up a 1 half pound pout on the way to tackle shop so would have been even bigger.

  74. admin December 3, 2012 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    Do you have the pictures and an official weight. Without these we cant change anything on the site.

  75. dave cam December 3, 2012 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    will be in this months sea angler, sea angler have paid him for the rights. . So hes not allowed to post any photos. The bass is at lock stock and tackle , (southsea, portsmouth) Its broke the old record would have been more if it kept the pout in. Before it got to the shop, google it i promise you its the truth. If you google it you can see a picture from a distance but the photo has been taken offline so you cant open it properly.

    He sold the fish and gave the money to charity, people could go to the tackle shop and see the fish

    You heard it here first Bass record broken in my hometown,,,, Portsmouth! ]

  76. dave cam December 3, 2012 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    Record Bass Captured!

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    New British best caught off Portsmouth.

    A new British record bass has been banked off the coast of Portsmouth. The massive fish was caught by Royal Navy man John Stephenson Locker, just days before he goes on tour to Afghanistan. It is thought that the monster intercepted a pout, which had in turn taken his sand-eel livebait.

    The bass weighed 19-13-8 or 9 kilograms exactly, smashing the previous record by just over an ounce. Sadly, John killed the fish without realising the significance of what he had done. In a bid to make amends, he has decided to auction off the monster, with all proceeds going to Tedworth House, a recovery centre run by national charity, Help For Heroes.

    In a bid to raise more cash, he also sold exclusive rights to the images to a rival publication. We will bring details of where and when the auction will be taking place when they become available.


  77. admin December 3, 2012 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    Cheers for the update, I actually knew of the fish as John Locker is a Whitby lad. Sadly without the pictures it wont make much of a feature for the site. So I guess we shall have to continue looking at Steves Fish.

  78. dave cam January 1, 2013 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    theres a picture online now

  79. admin January 3, 2013 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    Hi Dave,

    We need several high res images (at least 600 pixels wide), full story (at least 300 words,and not copyright to any other website or publication) and any documentation. If you can send them to we can amend this page. Without the story and pictures there isn’t much I can do.

  80. philfish January 6, 2013 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    everybody knows all the big fish are females so why kill it,you have just cut your own throat and everybody elses. just hope you never get a double again and i am not talking crap,had fish to 11plus this season and all are happy.hope you choke on it.

  81. John S Locker March 23, 2013 at 3:18 am - Reply

    When I get back I’ll sort you some pictures out if you’re still interested?

    “Philfish” I am willing to accept that everyone has an opinion; often different, on what should have happened to the fish. I caught it, so I decided. If you are ever lucky enough to be in that position, you can decide. Until that time, celebrate such a magnificent fish and please keep your negative attitude and comments from souring a great site.

  82. admin March 24, 2013 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    Hi John, yes please. It would be nice to get some pictures and of course your story of an amazing fish. My email address is


  84. ronny April 30, 2013 at 12:39 am - Reply

    To catch a bass of that size you done well mate i probably would of put it back because i dont eat them but if it was infront of me then i dont know but well done

  85. bonz July 5, 2013 at 9:24 am - Reply

    Hey gd effort on ur record fish when r all the haters gonna realise there is a min. Land size for a reason which allows the fish to reproduce several times before being removed from the sea i kno id be keepin a monster no questions asked its the trawlers with there discards that do the damage to stocks not the rod an reel man

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  87. Ken Davies September 3, 2013 at 8:38 pm - Reply

    Great catch Steve. Hopefully if and when the Marine Conservations and Governments 30% exclusion zones around Britain’s coastline are in place, the borders of these zones after a few years will be producing more record catches as they are in Australia and New Zealand.
    Great that the fish ended up at the Natural history Museum where it no doubt will be used for educational and scientific study.

    ” I dig the worms. The fish eat the worms. I eat the fish. When I’m dead and buried.
    ( The answer above I gave a lettuce eater that stopped to chat on our pier ).

  88. Dancho Savov December 15, 2014 at 8:48 pm - Reply

    Hello, on Saturday, December 13,in Greece, caught on spinning this bass. He weighed just 10 kilograms. 90 cm long, 50 cm circumference. Rod: “Shakespeare Ugly Stick custom graphite” eight feet, 15-40 grams. Braided fiber “Sakura Sensi braid” 0.14 12 kg. test. Lure- wobbler “Sakura”, “Smart minou- 165 mm floating, 31.5 g.The previous day, caught a 82 cm., 5 kg. 200 g.

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  90. m jones May 31, 2016 at 9:06 am - Reply

    Hi Steve, well done a truly magnificent fish.
    I’ve been Bass fishing over 40 years and have also caught plenty of double figure fish and admittedly took some home, now they all go back. This is personal choice due to flavour, fish over 8 pound have no flavour and have a course texture, due to age, these fish are slow growing.
    I have listened to all the comments above and saddened by the attitude of these so called fishermen, it’s a lack of respect and education, I have seen fishermen with buckets of small Bass (undersize) on the beach, and when questioned told to mind my own business and worse (water off a ducks back), I rest my case.
    I’m really not having a go at you Steve, I would have done the same when I was younger, but as you get older you get to respect a great fighting fish, and keep the odd 3 to 4 pounder for the table.
    Yes, I agree, the commercial fishermen take the majority, but it still doesn’t make it right, for me, it’s peace of mind, after all, it’s not the eating of the fish I remember it’s the catching of it.
    M Jones

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