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|It was 76 years ago that George W. Perry caught the most sought-after record fish in history. His 22-pound, 4-ounce largemouth (not pictured here) is still the standard.|
I don't remember many of the details but all at once the water splashed everywhere. I do remember striking, then raring back and trying to reel. But nothing budged. I thought for sure I had lost the fish that he'd dived and hung me up. I had no idea how big the fish was, but that didn't matter. What had me worried was losing the lure.The lure was the only one they had, a Creek Chub Fintail Shiner, and their day would be over without it. Fortunately for Perry, the lure wasn't hung up at all, and in a moment the fish moved. The battle was brief and soon he was lifting the bass into the boat with both hands. Neither Perry nor Page had any idea that the bass might be a record of any kind. In fact, there really weren't any records in those days. Although Field & Stream sponsored an annual big fish contest and maintained the most authoritative records of the day, they did not list world records at that time.
|George Perry poses with a 13-pound, 14-ounce largemouth that won the Field & Stream big fish contest in 1934.|
|This photo surfaced in Georgia in the effects of a woman connected to the Perry family. Seemingly, you are feasting your eyes on the only known picture of the world-record largemouth.|