25 Years, 25,000 Bass

To call Dave Romeo a bass-fishing fanatic is an understatement of the highest magnitude. I mean, how the hell do you categorize someone who has counted, measured and meticulously documented every bass he has landed for the past 25 years--all 25,000 of them?25k

You read it right, there are three zeroes behind that 25.

In 1987, the Mount Joy, PA motivational author and speaker landed in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most bass ever caught in a single season--3,001 in 77 days.

And last week Romeo achieved his latest angling feat, catching his 25,000th bass in 25 years of fishing, an easily calculated average of 1,000 largemouth a year.

Batting 1,000 is pretty impressive, no matter what sport you're talking about.

Romeo, who has carried a clickable counter and fishing journal during his visits to Pennsylvania ponds and lakes since 1981, authored "Better Bass Fishing-The Dave Romeo Way," in 1988.

Mike Parker of Harrisburg, PA television station WHP reported this week that Romeo eclipsed the 25,000 mark last Saturday, but he has another goal in sight for 2007.

That'll take another 200 fish, so he can claim 1,000 or more for each year of the last quarter century.

And you thought you were crazy about bass fishing.