Sowbelly: The Obsessive Quest for the World-Record Largemouth Bass

January 18, 2012 by  
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Sowbelly: The Obsessive Quest for the World-Record Largemouth Bass

In 1932, 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 dreams. From an L.A. cop who came within ounces of besting the record to an Alabaman who has

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  1. Gary Clark "GFish" says:
    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Hook, line, and sinker!!!, April 13, 2005
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    Gary Clark “GFish” (Kissimmee, FL) –
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    This is simply one of the best, most well written books I have ever read—on any subject! My highest compliment is that I wish it had gone on and on. If Mr. Burke decides to write another book, I shall be the first in line to purchase it. Great job, Monte!

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  2. Hawg says:
    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful:
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    I Bit, April 1, 2005
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    Hawg (New York) –

    Monte Burke’s book Sowbelly, which chronicles the pursuit of the world record bass, is a great read that should appeal to all types. In addition to being a great fishing tale, it also looks into the depths of some very interesting lives.

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  3. Ed Harp says:
    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful:
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    “Call me Ishmael.”, April 27, 2005
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    Ed Harp (Ohio) –

    The opening line from Melville’s Moby Dick says it all.

    This book is not about catching the biggest largemouth bass in the world. It’s about the men who try to catch the biggest largemouth bass in the world. (Don’t worry though; Burke recites plenty of fishing tales.)

    Their stories are all a bit different but, at their core, have many of the same elements. No matter if it’s the anger and frustration of Bob Crupi or a desire to be the “biggest dog” like Mike Long, each and every angler – addict might be more accurate – displays a single-minded purpose; to catch the biggest largemouth bass in the world.

    Sowbelly is a great read!

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