The Largemouth Bass is one of the most popular sports fish, so it should come as no surprise that competitive and amateur anglers alike dream of breaking the world record for largest catch. However, the record has been held for more than 80 years. In June 1932, farmer George Perry caught a 22 pound 4 ounce Largemouth Bass with just a single rod and reel while fishing with his friend at Montgomery Lake, Georgia. For decades, keen fisherman tried and failed to come close to this holy grail of catches, until Manabu Kurita caught a Largemouth in Lake Biwa, Japan which was just under 22 pound 5 ounces. Anglers from around the world cast doubt that Perry’s miracle bass had finally been matched, but after a series of strict tests (Kurita even had to take a polygraph while talking to officials about how exactly he caught the fish) it was announced that the record was officially tied between the two men.