The current All-Tackle World Record Striped Bass (salt water) was caught by
Greg Myerson in Westbrook, CT. on August 4. 2011 and certified by International Game
Fish Association (IGFA) on Oct. 18, 2011.
Myerson's mammoth striper weighed in at 81.88 lbs. and measured 54 inches long ! ! !
Myerson hooked this giant while drifting a 16 inch live eel a few feet off bottom over a
boulder near Outer Southwest Reef off the coast of Westbrook, Connecticut, around
8 p.m. He battled the incredible linesider on his usual heavy duty 6-½ foot St. Croix
tuna rod and a Quantum Cabo reel spooled with 50-lb. Berkley Gorilla Braid.
Myerson is no stranger to catching trophy
Rockfish. In 2010 he won the Angler of the
Year in On the Water magazine’s Striper Cup
competition, catching a 68.75-lb. striper. He
has also reportedly caught (then released) a
71 lber a few years ago. He has multiple
'rocks' in the 50's to his credit as well . . .
a few of which he has mounted in his
home in CT.
Myerson's world record Striper catch
marks the end of Albert McReynolds’ 29-year
reign as All-Tackle record holder for this prestigious sportfish species.
Albert McReynolds caught his trophy Striped Bass off of Ventnor Avenue jetty in
Atlantic City, N.J. on September 21, 1982. It weighed 78 pounds 8 ounces, and had a
length of 53 inches and girth of 34 1/2 inches. This fish was estimated to be about 36
years old and was caught on a surf-casted 5 1/2" rebel black-back silver minnow lure.
It took Al 1 hour, 40 mins. to land this fish on pink colored 20 lb. test monofilament
The current All-Tackle world record striped bass ( fresh water) was caught by
Hank Ferguson in O'Neill Forebay Resevoir, San Luis Cailifornia on May 7, 1992.
It weighed 67 pounds 8 ounces.
Captain John Smith wrote in 1614: “I myself at the turning of the tyde have seen such
multitudes pass out of a pounce [fish trap] that it seemed to me that one might go over their
Smith also said of the striper: "There is a fish called a Basse, a most sweet and wholesome
fish as ever I did eat . . . altogether as good as our fresh Sammon....
Our Fishers take many hundreds together ... yea, their Netts ordinarily take more than they
are able to haul to Land".
Quoted from D. S. Jordan and B. W. Evermann,
American Food and Game Fishes, Page 373,Doubleday, New York, 1903.
The taxes collected from the sale of Striped Bass in colonial times actually helped finance the
very first free public school. The use of stripers as fertilizer became so widespread by 1639,
that it led to the first conservation law of the new world forbidding the use of striped bass
for this purpose.
Lobsters were also so prevalent along the Atlantic coast in colonial times, that records show
settlers routinely used lobster chunks as bait when fishing for stripers with hook and line. It
was not unheard of for large hauls of stripers to include multitudes of fish weighing over 70
The largest striped bass ever recorded was 125 pounds caught in the net of a commercial
fisherman off the coast of North Carolina in the late 1800's.
The Striped Bass has always been an important resource for inhabitants of North
America, especially along the Atlantic Coast. The Native Americans were the first to
recognize the virtues of this fine fish. They learned that whether taken from salt water or
fresh water tributaries, the striper had great taste and made a great fertilizer for growing
crops. Soon after the first Europeans came to this continent, the Native Americans taught
them the benefits of harvesting striped bass also. This fish was found to be in great
abundance and proved to be well-liked by most settlers.
The picture to the left also
depicts multiple very large
stripers caught on a regular
basis back in 1913. If one
looks closely at the picture,
every fisherman is wearing
a fishing belt used to hold
the gimbal butt of the
fishing rod. This helped
spread the load when
fighting really big fish. Due
to overfishing and pollution
of the coastal waters over
time, the frequency of
catching such monsters has
However, some large fish
are still being recorded.
In 1879, 132 fingerling striped
bass were introduced into the
San Francisco Bay, after
surviving a long train ride
across the US from the
Navesink River in NJ. These
did well, and more were added
in subsequent years.
The fish prospered, as the San
Francisco Bay is a large
estuary incorporating an
extensive delta which is
formed where the Sacremento
and San Joaquin rivers empty
into the Bay. Many freshwater
lakes and impoundments in
California that are fed by the
aqueduct system now contain
significant populations of
The image to the right
is of Ziffy's dentist taken while reviving
a 63 lb. monster striper that he and the
New York Dept. of Conservation had caught
in the nets while collecting data during
striped bass spawning season within the
Hudson River one recent Spring.
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