World Record Bass

World Record Bass (HM2604)

Location: Jacksonville, GA 31544 Telfair County
Country: United States of America

N 31° 49.3925', W 82° 54.5876'

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Approximately two miles from this spot, on June 2, 1932, George W. Perry, a 19-year old farm boy, caught what was to become America`s most famous fish. The twenty-two pound four ounce largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoldes) exceeded the existing record by more than two pounds has has retained the world record for more than fifty years. Perry and his friend, J.E. Page, were fishing in Montgomery Lake, a slough off the Ocmulgee River, not for trophies but to bring food to the table during those days of the great depression. The fish was caught on a Creek Chub Perch Scale Wigglefish, Perry's only lure, and was 32 1/2 inches in length and 28 1/2 inches in girth. The weight and measurements were taken, recorded and notarized in Helena, Georgia and Perry`s only reward was seventy-five dollars in merchandise as first prize in Field and Stream Magazine's fishing contest. The longstanding record is one of the reasons that the largemouth bass was made Georgia's Official State Fish. Montgomery Lake is today part of the Department of natural Resources' Horse Creek Wildlife Management Area.
HM NumberHM2604
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Historical Period20th Century
Historical PlaceOther
Marker TypeOther
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleInterpretative Marker / Sign
Marker Number134-4
Year Placed2007
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 at 7:43pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 319249 N 3522428
Decimal Degrees31.82320800, -82.90979400
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 49.3925', W 82° 54.5876'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 49' 23.5488" N, 82° 54' 35.2584" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)229
Can be seen from road?Yes
Is marker in the median?Yes
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Co Rd 237, Jacksonville GA 31544, US
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