TrophyCatch Florida: Angler catches two Hall of Fame, one trophy bass

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Joseph Morrell's 11-pound, 13-ounce bass was properly documented with a photo of the entire fish (head to tail) on the scale, with the weight visible, and then released at Kingsley Lake.

TrophyCatch Florida/Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Monday, March 17, 2014 at 09:11 PM.

Joseph “Brooks” Morrell of Bradford County recently reported three huge bass that he caught, documented, released and entered in the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s TrophyCatch program.

These included the second and third Hall of Fame entries for the program’s second season (Oct. 1, 2013 to Sep. 30, 2014). The bass weighed 13 pounds, 12 ounces and 14 pounds, 9 ounces and were caught March 1 and 8, respectively.

The third bass he caught on March 9 weighed 11 pounds, 13 ounces.

All three of his trophy bass were caught sight-fishing with a soft-plastic Berkley crawfish bait on Lake Kingsley in Clay County.

Morrell grew up fishing in Florida and then spent six years in the U.S. Air Force security forces prior to returning to Florida to become a law enforcement officer in Bradford County.

On March 1, he located the 13-pounder on a bed guarded by a male. After working the male off the bed, he landed her using the artificial crawfish bait and called the FWC. Conservation officers Jason Bryant and Christiane Larosa were able to help measure the bass and even photographed its successful release, which allowed it to return to the bed.

A week later, Morrell was back on Kingsley Lake and landed the 14-pounder. It was 27.75 inches long with a 21-inch girth.

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