Troy Gentry of the popular country music duo Montgomery Gentry has cut his share of records in his day. Now, he may have broken one. While fishing in Birmingham on Saturday afternoon, Gentry pulled in a massive 17.6 pound largemouth bass. Using a Strike King Mini Pro-Buzz Buzzbait in shallow water, Troy had already yanked in a 16 pounder and a 12 pounder when fate jerked his line. “I knew it was a hoss from the first hit,” said Gentry, “and the water was so clear I could see that it might just be a monster.” The fight took around five minutes from strike to net, giving Gentry time to finish another beer while he waited. “That sumb*tch is going on my bedroom wall next to the wedding pictures!” shouted an ecstatic Gentry when the giant was finally landed.
If the catch is verified by Alabama State Game & Fish, Gentry will break a record that has stood since 1987, when a man in Shelby County caught a 16.8 pound bass. However, at press time, there was still some question as to whether a tank-raised and harvested bass should be eligible for the state record books.
Reported by “Trailer” Parkman of Farce the Music