On a June day in 1932, George W. Perry was fishing the waters of Georgia’s Montgomery Lake with friend Jack Page when he caught a legendary bass—a 22 pound, 4 ounce largemouth that has maintained an 81-year reign as the world-record. Compounding both the mythic status of the man and the fish is the fact that no definitive photo of the two together were known to exist—until now.
Last week, a photo of Perry holding a large bass was emailed to Augusta Chronicle outdoor writer Bill Baab from a man claiming to be a descendant of Jack Page. It landed in Baab’s inbox with a simple message, “Happy Anniversary.”
In an Augusta Chronicle article, Baab, who wrote the book “Remembering George W. Perry,” says the sender said the photo was found in a family barn in Florida, but would not reveal further details. When Baab tried to follow up, he received an automated reply saying the email account was deactivated.