Bass fishing is kind of a big deal. Anyone who hasn’t been living in a cave for the last hundred years–a very hygenic cave–would know that. Bass fishing is a billion-dollar industry that has grown rapidly in both sophistication and scope. Modern anglers used the most specialized equipment and bass boats in competitions that are watched by millions of viewers.
One man says nuts to all that. All he needs is bait and a good grip.
Fun fact: the world record for the largest largemouth bass belongs to a 22-pound, 4-ounce specimen hooked by George Perry all the way back in 1932. That’s a record that has been standing for 81 years. According to Bassmaster’s archives, the catch took nearly two years before it was recognized as a world record.
And what did Perry get for his accomplishment? He entered the giant bass in a contest hosted by Field & Stream where he, of course, took first. The prize was a shotgun, a few boxes of shells and some outdoors clothing that came in at a grand total of $75. Even adjusted for inflation, that is hardly the millions that such a catch would earn him today.
Perry’s record was tied by Japanese angler Manabu Kurita in 2007 with a similarly sized fish.