Maybe it was 65"instead of 65pds. Who knows, all fishermen are liars anyways right! He had it mounted on his wall above the fireplace. It was big I remember. He died several years ago and I don't know what happened to the mount, it had a weight and length plate. He made a yearly guided trip with some guy on Norris to troll for them.
How have these fish affected the largemouth populations in Mid TN lakes? Everyone blames the stripers for the poor L-bass fishing on Norris but the smallie fishing is flourishing. Ive caught some small ones on Cherokee lake on live bluegills hooked in the dorsal fin and left to swim around. Im gonna have to come over there sometime and take a trip with you.