American BeheMouth tells of raising a world-record bass and problems in society

American BeheMouth” tells the story of a fisheries hobbyist who raises and catches the world-record bigmouth bass in the “Area 51 of Bass Fishing,” a secret 70-acre lake.

“Everyone dreams of landing a world-record fish, and some have even tried to raise the record, the author, Jason Covington, says. “However, the 27-pound bass was not submitted to the International Game Fish Association for record certification because of the circumstances by which it was caught.”

Covington’s new book details the years of research that solves age-old fisheries questions with a methodology for growing fish to these proportions. The formula includes a new fish-to-food ratio as well as the baitfish used and the environmental conditions required to raise the behemouth. The book tells several other true stories (fictionalized) along the journey, including a Castaic Lake record fish and state-record Missouri bass.

In his blog, Jason Covington discusses the “monofilament differentiation between truth and fiction,” and the fishing story appears to be in fact true, but the journey has been fictionalized to protect the innocent.

Covington, the literature professor, seems to be using this factual story veiled in metaphor to talk about the pursuit of the American dream and turmoil in Washington, Wall Street, and Main Street. The protagonist’s moral lapse is reminiscent of sports heroes and politicians we all know. He uses his credit card to finance the dream, hand feeding his behemouth thousands of bait fish. He also sprays chemicals on the lake to increase the baitfish size.

The reader can only think of the Fed and its money printing, quantitative easing, and $15 trillion deficit. The behemouth bigmouth bass is clearly a representation of what America has become.

Other themes in the book include achieving great accomplishments while staying balanced, marriage and the complexities of modern American families, along with many ethical dilemmas, including allusions to economic troubles in American society.

A New World Record Largemouth Bass

A new world-record bass, raised and caught on a private lake, is chronicled in the new book, “American BeheMouth“!

“American BeheMouth” is now available in paperback.

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What is contained in “American BeheMouth”?

1)      “American BeheMouth” chronicles the raising and catching of a 27-pound largemouth bass, providing a scientific formula that can be duplicated.  This raises many ethical questions about world records in American sports.

2)      “American BeheMouth” shows the epic journey of one man who immerses himself in fisheries science to answer age-old freshwater mysteries while delving into universal existential questions.

3)     ” American BeheMouth” shows conflicting values of Americans struggling to do it all while trying to stay balanced. How do we innovate and achieve great things without becoming despicable cheats or taking questionable short cuts in life?

4)      The entire novella is a metaphor for the American economic system and American consumerism. The BeheMouth is the giant bigmouth bass swallowing trout whole, but figuratively, the BeheMouth represents America, becoming lazy and fat, waiting for another handout.

Book Chronicles Raising Record* 27-Pound Bass

Everyone dreams of landing a world-record fish, and some have even tried to raise the record. A new book chronicles how one man raised and caught a 27-pound bass in a spring-fed, temperature-controlled man-made 70-acre lake.

“Many question the ethics behind raising a fish like this just to catch it,” says Jason Covington, author of the book “American BeheMouth,” which gives all the details. “Many fisherman will be searching for this Area 51 of bass fishing.”

Covington’s new book details the years of research that solved age-old fisheries questions with a methodology for growing fish to these proportions. The original quest started some 20 years ago by a fisheries wannabe literature student and his fisheries biologist girlfriend who raised the monster fish. The years of research summarized in this book are something that another fisheries team could duplicate. However, it’s like the stock market insider trading cheats; we can follow their model, but the question is should we?

To get the details on how it was done, read the book “American BeheMouth,” available for sale as an economical EBook on Amazon and in paperback on Amazon’s CreateSpace.

Excerpt of the World-Record* Catch

About “American BeheMouth”

“American BeheMouth” is a timely literary work that depicts American moral equivalencies and excesses. For fishermen, baseball fans, book lovers, sports enthusiasts, and economists alike, the novella is highly entertaining and insightful.

Full of true fisheries science and sports history, “American BeheMouth” tells the greatest bass fishing story of all time while giving an insight into what America has become. A literature student and his fisheries biologist girlfriend raise the world-record bigmouth bass in a Kentucky lake.

The book is much more than a fishing story; it is a metaphor for many other things: life, family, sacrifice, commitment, and dreams. In addition, it raises ethical questions about modern American sports, American businesses and consumerism, and our quest for the elusive. “American BeheMouth” is a metaphor for many things that are wrong in American culture, including the relentless pursuit for more, mirroring and predicting the many bubbles in the American economy.

In the big picture, the author may be asking all the existential questions while writing about fishing. In all, everyone can glean something from the story with humor and inquisitiveness.

Copyright 2012 Jason Covington
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