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June 19, 2013 - Jim Anderson
June is a good time for fish stories and one great American fish story has endured for 81 years.
Controversy still persists over George Perry’s largemouth bass — 22 pounds, four ounces — caught in Georgia in June 1932. Although no photograph was provided, Perry’s catch was certified in a Field & Stream contest. Perry said decades later he was more pleased by the fish’s Great Depression nutrition content than any prize value it might have.
The fish, eaten over the next two days, is still a world record, and remains the most famous bass in history — assuming none of the fish caught by Jesus and the disciples were bass.
Which explains why even Fox News is covering the emergence of a purported photo of Perry and the legendary largemouth.
To my amateur eye, the picture looks like a Photoshop fake-a-loo.
But Bill Baab, a longtime Augusta Chronicle outdoors writer who has written a book about “The Catch,” says the man in the photo is definitely Perry.
As for the fish, he’s not sure.
The image was mysteriously emailed to Baab on the 81st anniversary of Perry’s record catch.
According to The Fishing Wire, it’s now under examination by “Photo-Shop experts.”
Stay tuned. And good fishing.
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Is this George Perry and his world-record largemouth bass?