Mystery of the world record lure

Updated: September 6, 2005, 2:06 PM ET
By Bill Babb | BASSMASTER Magazine, September 2005
For more than 30 years, the Wiggle Fish in yellow perch scale, manufactured by the Creek Chub Bait Company in Garrett, Ind., has been known as the lure on which George W. Perry caught the world record bass of 22 pounds, 4 ounces in Georgia's Montgomery Lake on June 2, 1932.

After all, why would anyone question it? Hadn't Perry himself said so during an Oct. 12-13, 1973 interview with BASS' own Terry Drace? Or did he?

As an outdoor journalist, I have followed the story and pursuit of the world record largemouth very closely. I have investigated just about every claim that has been made in regards to the Perry bass and have maintained files on this story since the '50s to help preserve the integrity of Perry's record — the most sought after game fish record in the world. And all these years I, along with just about every other largemouth record aficionado, had maintained that the lure that duped Perry's bass was the Wiggle Fish, because of Drace's story. That is, until I uncovered an original copy of his '73 interview with Perry.