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

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

by Monte Burke

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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 lost his marriage and his daughter to this pursuit, Burke takes readers along for the ride in this legendary race.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101666548
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/28/2006
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 861,570
File size: 885 KB

About the Author

A devoted angler and outdoorsman, Monte Burke has written many articles for Field&Stream and other periodicals.

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“An artful narrative.”—The Wall Street Journal

“In Burke’s hands, the biggest fish stories become human stories, at once optimistic and tragic, about what keeps us casting into the water of a dream.”—Forbes

“A window to a very small universe where obsession, greed, and chicanery coexist with a strange nobility . . . Sowbelly is a fascinating examination of obsession even for readers who don’t fish.”—St. Petersburg Times

“Monte Burke is the Homer of America’s fishing world as he takes us on an epic journey filled with great drama, colorful characters, and elusive largemouth bass.” —Tom Brokaw

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