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Unanswered questions of the world record bass

Updated: September 2, 2005, 12:29 PM ET
By Ken Duke | BASSMASTER Magazine, September 2005
There's an element of mystery to almost any story that's 73 years old, and the tale of the world record largemouth bass is no exception. After all, the principals are dead, the star of the story was eaten, and the industry and interest surrounding the catch have grown so dramatically that it hardly seems the same sport.

To set the stage for our detective story, we need to take a look back at that Thursday morning more than 73 years ago when George Washington Perry, a 20-year-old Georgia farmer, decided to go fishing with a buddy on Montgomery Lake, an oxbow of the Ocmulgee River.

The date was June 2, 1932, and it was raining. The Telfair Enterprise's social column reported that "People are not visiting very much now. It seems that they love to sit around and look at it rain, as it is too wet to work in the fields."

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