How One Man’s $100,000 Fish Became Another Man’s Dinner

How One Man’s $100,000 Fish Became Another Man’s Dinner
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Someone once said that of all the liars in the world, fishermen are the most trustworthy.

Chris Larkins understands the truth of that backhanded insult better than most. At a recent bass fishing tournament on Lake of the Ozarks, the Missouri native had found a fish that would have netted him the $100,000 grand prize. But trusting another angler proved costly, and he went home without the fish or the money.

“It’s definitely the fishing story of a lifetime, I can tell you that,” he said in an interview with MeatEater.

First Try

The day on the lake started out like any other. Larkins had fished the Big Bass Bash in years past, and the avid amateur tournament fisherman had won boats and cash prizes at other competitions around the country. But the purse for this two-day tournament was especially large: $100,000 for the heaviest largemouth, smallmouth, or Kentucky spotted bass.

Larkins and his 21-year-old son were trolling along a bank in a cove he’d fished before when he spied a…

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