Sowbelly: The Obsessive Quest for the World-Record



10 thoughts on “Sowbelly: The Obsessive Quest for the World-Record Largemouth Bass

  1. says:

    Sowbelly The Obsessive Quest for the World Record Largemouth Bass by Monte Burke Dutton 2002 799.17 3437 This book features another subculture that I had never explored prior to picking up Monte Burke s superb little volume on the sport of lunker bass fishing and the pursuit of the world s record largemouth bass.The world s record largemouth bass was set in 1932 when a poor Georgia farmer named George Perry brought home a 22 pound 4 ounce largemouth from a day of fishing He mailed in th Sowbelly The Obsessive Quest for the World Record Largemouth Bass by Monte Burke Dutton 2002 799.17 3437 This book features another subculture that I had never explored prior to picking up Monte Burke s superb little volume on the sport of lunker bass fishing and the pursuit of the world s record largemouth bass.The world s record largemouth bass was set in 1932 when a poor Georgia farmer named George Perry brought home a 22 pound 4 ounce largemouth from a day of fishing He mailed in the fish s measurements in response to a contest sponsored by Field and Stream magazine, and his family promptly ate the fish Field Stream shortly thereafter credited Perry s fish as the world record Despite the hundreds of thousands of hours which lunker bass fishermen have spent fishing millions, maybe while trying to best George Perry s record fish, no one has ever topped Perry s record.It is expected that whoever catches the new record will be reeling in a fish worth millions of dollars to the lucky fisherman from endorsements and sponsorships from fishing tackle and boat manufacturers.Monte Burke s book explores the personalities which feature several prominent bass fishermen and the locations which are believed to be the waters from which the next world record sized fish could be caught Florida, Southern California, Texas, or Cuba.This book is a superb introduction into this odd little subculture.My rating 7.25 10, finished 4 13 20 3437 I purchased a used HB copy in like new condition from McKay s books on 3 1 20 for 1.50.HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH


  2. says:

    When I was a young kid I loved to fish for largemouth bass at my grandparents lake I read Outdoor Life magazine and knew the history of the world record bass caught around the time of the Great Depression, which the author discusses in detail If you ve ever fished with artificial lures or bait you know how much fun it can be Having said all that this book is great but only if you are or ever were a bass fisherman or lady I never realized the pursuit to break the record was so frenzied amon When I was a young kid I loved to fish for largemouth bass at my grandparents lake I read Outdoor Life magazine and knew the history of the world record bass caught around the time of the Great Depression, which the author discusses in detail If you ve ever fished with artificial lures or bait you know how much fun it can be Having said all that this book is great but only if you are or ever were a bass fisherman or lady I never realized the pursuit to break the record was so frenzied among so many Author does a super job of covering every aspect of the pursuit to catch, breed or grow a new record He even covers Japan, where I think the world record was subsequently tied after this books publication Well done


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    I think that this was a great book Reading this gives me greater confidence that I can catch big fish myself if I put enough time and effort into the sport Also I learned that Texas might not be where the big bass are growing Surprisingly it was California The only thing that I would say about this book is that on Goodreads, it says that the book is 270 pages of so But my book only has 237 I don t know If I have a different version than the website has or if it s just an error Overall, gr I think that this was a great book Reading this gives me greater confidence that I can catch big fish myself if I put enough time and effort into the sport Also I learned that Texas might not be where the big bass are growing Surprisingly it was California The only thing that I would say about this book is that on Goodreads, it says that the book is 270 pages of so But my book only has 237 I don t know If I have a different version than the website has or if it s just an error Overall, great book and I would definitely recommend it to anyone that likes fishing or is getting into fishing


  4. says:

    Makes me want to go bass fishing again.


  5. says:

    The quest to break George Perry s 77 year old largemouth bass world record has been the ruin of many a man rich and poor and to be quite honest, I don t think it will ever be attained in my lifetime Of course I also never thought I d see the Red Wings win ONE Stanley Cup let alone four, so proceed with caution Sowbelly examines what drives the men and women who chase the ghost, how and why monster bass have mutated to the size of dirigibles, and the adrenaline rush that hits home like a s The quest to break George Perry s 77 year old largemouth bass world record has been the ruin of many a man rich and poor and to be quite honest, I don t think it will ever be attained in my lifetime Of course I also never thought I d see the Red Wings win ONE Stanley Cup let alone four, so proceed with caution Sowbelly examines what drives the men and women who chase the ghost, how and why monster bass have mutated to the size of dirigibles, and the adrenaline rush that hits home like a smart bomb payload when you feel that sharp tug on the end of your line.Good stuff


  6. says:

    This book is a must read Nobody in the world would ever think that the quest for the heaviest largemouth bass would be an interesting story, but this exceeds all expectations This book isabout the people who quest for the record then a book about fishing Along the way, you meet such a wide variety of people, from hucksters to genuine heroes Pick this one up


  7. says:

    Well written and entertaining I enjoyed the behind the scenes look at the obsessive personalities, each with their individual rationalization of their quest Admittedly, this topic is right up my alley but I think the book should appeal to anyone who has ever chased a dream or dreamed of chasing a dream.


  8. says:

    This is a great review of the quest for the world record bass It dives into the stories of those leading the race to catch the fish and how it has taken over their lives and turned from a hobby into a obsession It is a fun read if you want to learnabout bass fishing.


  9. says:

    The Friday Night Lights of bass fishing An incredible exploration into some very unique people who give their lives in quest of the world record bass.


  10. says:

    a book about fishing and the south perfect combination


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Sowbelly: The Obsessive Quest for the World-Record Largemouth Bass In , a farmer named George Washington Perry decided it was too rainy to plow and went fishing That day, George landed the largest largemouth ever recorded twenty two pounds four ounces The fish has inspired and frustrated hundreds of anglers for decades They ve dedicated their lives to the pursuit of Sowbelly a nearly mythical fish, whose swinelike girth holds the key to their dreamsFrom an LA cop who came within ounces of besting the record to an Alabaman who has lost his marriage and his daughter to this pursuit, Burke takes readers along for the ride in this legendary race