I am amamzed at the bass that I have either heard of or seen caught this year in Ohio. Who says Ohio doesn't have big bass. You just have to have access to the right waters. I think you can catch a giant in big lakes its just much harder to catch a huge bass in a lake that hosts 3 tourneys a week rather than a small pond or lake that doesn't recieve much pressure. To research and ask permission to fish these waters goes along way for an angler looking to catch a true Ohio giant. Just make sure that you follow the rules of the land owner once you obtain permission. I pick up a bag of garbage from the private lake I fish every time that I go. And I make sure that the owner sees me do it. There is a reason that our State record is over 13lbs and a reason that it came from a farm pond. If you catch a huge fish, I think it is your decision whether you keep it or not also as long as the land owner ok's it. I would never judge a guy for keeping a fish. I still get sick when I watch the video of us releasing that 8-1/2 and 9 pounder this year. I even get sicker when I think of the 500.00 dollars its gonna take to have a fiberglass reproduction done of those two fish. They were caught back to back so I got to mount um both, right? If I catch one 10 or over, its comming out with me though. I have broken that 8lb mark several of times and they have always come from small waters. Us Buckeye anglers may not ever catch a 15 pounder in our state but, I think that the old record will be in trouble soon. Bassers, go out there and get a network of small waters and let the scales break. Look on the bright side, instead of paying 45,000 dollars for a bass boat, a jon boat, portable fish finder, battery and a trolling motor is all you need. Sweet!!!!