"There is no doubt in my mind it's the world-record bass," said Bill Baab, who retired from The Augusta Chronicle in 2000 after 35 years as its outdoors editor - and who helped authenticate the mysterious snapshot.
Baab knows plenty about Perry and his bass.
In a recent book, Forbes senior writer Monte Burke refers to Baab as "the world's leading authority on the story of George Perry's fish, and the story's most tenacious guardian."
The photo, likely taken near the post office and general store in Helena, Ga., was found by Waycross, Ga., resident Jerry Johnson while going through his late aunt's belongings.
We would like to hear from anyone who might identify "the smoking man" or the little boy.
[Photo courtesy of Dazy Perry; commentary courtesy of Rob Pavey, Outdoors Editor, Augusta Chronicle}