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The Record BP (Before Perry)

Updated: August 7, 2009, 6:35 PM ET
By Ken Duke | Senior Editor, BASS Publications

It seems that George Washington Perry has always been on top of the hill when it comes to big bass. But if you look back — way back — you'll find that there were giant largemouths even before the first "official" world record holder.

One of those giants came from Florida and was caught by a traveling hardware salesman born in Germany named Frederick Joseph "Fritz" Friebel. Nine years before Perry's catch, Friebel landed a 20-pound, 2-ounce largemouth that could have been given ...

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