This is stripers 247 talking to Al on the phone having read to him some of the mail from well wishers and doubters. And also posts on several web sites.
This is what Al wants to say.
I fished last night in Beverly Mass a place called Willows pier. I caught 14 skates, chunking with Mackeral, herring and big bunker. I was dead sticking with a 6500 shimano baitrunner spooledwith 30 pound ande . And 10' and 11' lamiglasas rods. 30 inch leader with a swivel and 5/0 light wire treble hooks drifting the incoming tide hoping for the bigun. I used pogie head and mackeral heads.
Nobody tells you when you weigh in a fish that you need a lawyer. and nobody tells you that everything you say will be quoted. Details were supposed to be confidential until the IGFA application is in and they vote on it which could take months. Nobody tells you this. You just want to get back out there and fish again. . Im asking questions as the angler, and they divulge nothing. " Somebody says to me "Im from field and stream or Im from playboy Al can we talk". Everythings at a fever. Your laughing,your crying . Man the one that didnt get away. There telling you they are gonna be friends on the pretense that they are gonna treat you fair. and everything just goes down. Its a beast and becomes a living thing. and your along for the ride. You cant get off.
The IGFA president told me this fish was the most scrutinized in history on account of the prize involved. If any one has any questions on the catch check with the IGFA. It was the most examined fish they ever had. The went to painstaking detail of fact . This fish was under a magnifying glass since it went to Cambells shop. I caught the fish and put it in his freezer box and that was the last I ever seen of the world record.
They Named him Bert the Bass because he was gonna be examined as a patient and needed a name. Dr Nomi and Demayo were bone doctors in Northfield or sommers point New Jersey. sombody named it bert the bass but it should have been Alberta because it was a female. The two Drs. with their medical licenses and reputations at hand to examine this fish and pronounce with the xrays beyond a reasonable doubt the fish had no foreign matter it was all cartiledge flesh bones and scales. 78 .8 pounds.
How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean.
Arthur C. Clarke