The final stop on the Manabu Kurita/Yamaha world record bass tour came Feb. 24 in south Georgia when the Japanese angler who tied the longstanding world record visited the waters where George Perry made history in 1932.
As years go, 2010 was a very big one in the world of bass fishing. Every area of the sport and industry was impacted in a significant and lasting way, from business to competition to conservation. This year had it all.
I've always been fascinated by the world record largemouth bass. I remember very distinctly the first article I ever read about the record. I was 14 years old and was looking at my first copy of Bassmaster Magazine.
The most sought after record in all of fishing has been broken... almost. Technically, Manabu Kurita's 22-pound, 4.97-ounce largemouth bass from Japan's Lake Biwa is now tied with a bass nearly 1 ounce lighter...
In the 77 years since George Perry set the bar at 22 pounds, 4 ounces, dozens of anglers have laid claim to a largemouth bass that weighed more. None have been able to substantiate their claims; some haven't even tried.
Throw seven figures at something and you're bound to create some interest. That's the way it's been for the world record largemouth bass ever since the mid-1970s when someone decided that a new record would be worth more than $1 million.
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.
Thirty-two years ago, an Iowa couple fishing in Central Florida caught a two-person limit of 20 bass that weighed 148.23 pounds. At the time, Dick and Elaine Hengl claimed it as a record for a single day catch made exclusively on artificial lures.
The possibility of a new world record largemouth bass coming out of Japan has a lot of anglers asking questions about angling in the Far East. Here's your starter's guide to Japanese bass fishing, FAQ style.
Seventy-seven years and counting. That's how long George Perry has sat atop the record books in the largemouth bass category, but he may be sharing his perch if a recently caught Japanese bass is as big as has been reported.