**Don't forget Florida **
Strange as it might seem, while all largemouths of record-book proportions are invariably Florida-strain bass, no IGFA line-class record is credited to Florida. Save for Perry's world record, such bass have come from California, where Florida-strain largemouths have been stocked heavily. Texas, too, has stocked Florida-strain bass in abundance, and a number of noted lakes there yield huge fish, including popular Lake Fork Reservoir near Dallas, where bass crowding 20 pounds have been taken. Still, no state in recent years has been able to rival California for near-record largemouths. It could be argued that the heyday of Florida lunker fishing occurred much earlier in the 20th century. Fish to equal or exceed Perry's bass might have been caught there but not recorded by fishermen who, like him, were fishing more for food than glory.