and Bertha in front of Cambells Bait shop September 1982
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says the Reel was a Penn 710 and the Lure
was a black back 5 1/2 inch silver
minnow not a windcheater and the line used was green Ande
# 20 not the pink as others have reported.
IGFA all-tackle world record striped bass! This massive fish was
caught at night by Al McReynolds off of the Vermont Avenue jetty
in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He was fishing during a September
21st 1982 Nor'easter storm. It weighed in at 78-1/2 lbs., was
53" long and its girth was measured at 34 - 1/2". Al
says It took him over 4 hours not the previously reported hour
and 40 minutes to land this monster. Als previous best to this
point was 39 lbs. Al also caught a 15.9 pound weak fish immediately
before he hooked into his world record beast.
Al McReynolds pulled this World Record striper from the
Atlantic fishing at night off the Vermont Ave. jetty in Atlantic City following
days of September Nor'easter storming in 1982. The fish was taken on a 5
1/2-inch long Rebel Black-back silver minnow plug on 20-pound test line.
It took one hour and 40 minutes to land the fish on the slippery jetty. The
fish measured 53 inches in length with a 34 1/2 inch girth, and was estimated
to be 20 - 22 years old. Its 78 pound 8 oz. weight earned it the IGFA all-tackle
State Record Stripers
night He caught the devil.
Beach Bar in Brigantine'.
Story of the catch
a magazine article written
Saltwater Sportsmens managing editor in
the October 2004 edition of Mens Journal magazine.
New Jerseys Division of Fish and
Game Picture of Als world record
may find Al fishing around Atlantic City, Brigantine, Longport
Beach or the Cape May rips early to late Fall. He winters in
Florida and will hit the Chesapeake in the spring and be in Massachusetts
by the summer time.
Jersey State Freshwater Record