Thursday, March 7, 2013

Alabama freshwater striped bass sets the fishing world afire

Pete Thomas of reports and the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources confirms that an Alabama angler has caught a 70-pound freshwater striped bass that busted a 34-year-old state record and might qualify as a world record for the biggest freshwater striper ever caught. If the catch is approved by the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) it will be a world record  in that category.

James Bramlet and his 70-lb. striper
-- Photo by Joe Songer/
The fisherman, 65-year-old James R. Bramlet, caught the 45.5-inch striper in the Black Warrior River on the last day of February. It was weighed on a certified scale and beat the old record (set in 1959) by 15 pounds.

Joe Songer of, who shot the photo you see here, said the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has already approved Mr. Bramlet’s catch as a state record.

The IGFA record books show a current world record 67-1/2 pound striper that was caught in 1992 in Los Banos, Cal.

Mr. Bramlet’s record fish inhaled a bait offering.

The Black Warrior River is located approximately 25 miles west/southwest of Birmingham at the confluence of the Mulberry and Locust forks that are arms of Bankhead Lake, a narrow reservoir on the upper river formed by the Bankhead Lock and Dam.

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