Unsurpassed St. Louis ribs smoked by mellow pecan wood and memorable collard greens aren’t the sole reason Jean and I never miss a stop at Valdosta’s Smok’n Pig, positioned near busy Interstate 75 in south Georgia.
Eagerly we occupy a left-side dining booth to admire an exquisitely mounted 22-pound, 4-ounce largemouth bass replica of George W. Perry’s world record, positioned high on the right wall beyond the Pig’s salad bar.
Georgia is famous for its peaches, Southern hospitality, the Varsity Drive-In and the invention of Coca-Cola, Jimmy Carter, sweet tea, Martin Luther King, grits, Vidalia sweet onions, peanuts, Uga and his Georgia Bulldogs and pecans.
But the Peach State is and always will be extra important to bass fishermen worldwide for George Perry’s record largemouth. South Georgia is home to Perry’s June 2, 1932, behemoth…