Just when I had finished my rant on the instantaneous (and fleeting) nature of so many bass fishing topics, I have learned of an episode that shows a much longer perspective. Lake Montgomery, on the Georgia border with Florida, will be hosting a visitor who has a unique relationship with this body of water.

Montgomery, if you recall, produced George Perry’s long-standing world record largemouth catch, that for more than 75 years withstood all honest angling attempts (and all other kinds of attempts) in an uninterrupted run. 

Of course, that all changed in 2009.

Japanese angler Manabu Kurita, caught a largemouth in his homeland that barely edged the record you and I grew up with at 22 pounds, 4 ounces. Kurita’s catch (22 pounds, 4.97 ounces) was so narrowly heavier, in fact, the International Game Fish Association recognized the two catches as sharing the standard.

Yet the significance of the American record and the site where the then 19-year old Perry caught it has not been lost on Kurita. In fact, in just weeks when he comes to visit yet another iconic bass fishing event–the Bassmasters Classic– Kurita will actually be escorted to Lake Montgomery, according to George Perry biographer Bill Baab.

“After learning that Kurita was to attend the Bassmaster Classic in New Orleans, I thought it would be neat if he could make a side trip to Georgia,” Bill wrote. With the help of  Skeeter boats and Martin Peters at Yamaha in Kennesaw, Georgia, the visit was aranged for Feb. 24.   

Baab, who wrote Remembering George W. Perry (available here) also mused, ” As you know, Kurita caught his fish July 2, 2009 in Lake Biwa in Japan. That lake reaches 300 feet in some locations. Montgomery Lake may reach three feet deep in some locations (it has silted in over the years) so it will be interesting to see Kurita’s reaction.”

Yes, Kurita’s reaction may be interesting (and fleeting). Yet his perspective will be one for the ages.