In this edition of "Follies, Frauds and Hoaxes" we cover four notable runs at the largemouth bass world record. In the 77 years since George Perry set the bar at 22 pounds, 4 ounces, dozens of anglers have laid claim to a fish that weighed more. None have been able to substantiate their claims; some haven't even tried. Here are a few more of the most notable.
So when Manabu Kurita steps into the spotlight with a bass that reportedly weighs about an ounce more than the existing and frighteningly long-standing record of 22 pounds, 4 ounces, the bass fishing world holds its collective breath in anticipation.
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 record status before Perry came on the scene.
The global bass fishing community is abuzz over the catch of what many believe should be the next world record largemouth.
Now that a potential new world record largemouth bass has been landed and in Japan of all places! what needs to happen to seal the deal and get the fish entered in the record books?
What lure did George W. Perry use to catch the world record largemouth bass?
As far as most bass fishermen are concerned, the number to beat is 22 pounds, 4 ounces. To smallmouth bass fishermen, it is 11-15.
The list below is a work in progress. The catches on the lists are accurate and authentic as far as we have been able to determine. We are aware, however, that other legitimate catches have been made that deserve to be on this list.
A list of the top 25 all-time heaviest smallmouth bass.
Here is the tale of a California trophy hunter who went to extremes to catch a bass he thought would be the next world record