It's Official: Greg Myerson's 81.88-Pound Striped Bass New World Record
Atlantic City is no longer the home of world-record striped bass; Connecticut fish authorized
Greg Myerson of Westport, Conn., holds a striped bass that he caught in the Long Island Sound in August. The fish broke the world record, weighing in at 81.88 pounds. The record was certified Wednesday by the International Game Fish Assocation.
Posted: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 11:52 am | Updated: 11:56 am, Wed Oct 19, 2011.
By MIKE SHEPHERD For the Press |
Albert McReynolds no longer owns the world striped bass record.
The former Atlantic City resident held it with a 78-pound, 8-ounce striper he caught on Sept. 21, 1982 until Wednesday morning when the International Game Fish Association approved an 81.88-pound heavyweight from Connecticut angler Greg Myerson.
"Good for him," McReynolds said Wednesday from his new fishing headquarters in Naples, Fla. "It's really wonderful. Now people in Connecticut have something to shout about."
Jack Vitek, world-record coordinator, met with IGFA president Rob Kramer and conservation director Jason Schratwieser early Wednesday to go over the details one more time, and then authorized the record. Vitek said the IGFA recently requested what he called testimonials from Myerson and the weighmaster that certified the catch
"Greg complied with all the regulations," Vitek said. "We've gone over it plenty of times."
Myerson's bass was caught Aug. 4 in Long Island Sound. It also will be listed by the IGFA as an 80-pound test line record.
McReynolds stays in the record book because he caught his striper with 20-pound test line.
McReynolds caught his striper on an Atlantic City jetty, and was certified at then Campbell Marine in Northfield.
"That's part of history now," McReynolds said. "It makes me want to get my fishing rod and go fishing (for bass). I know there is a 100-pounder out there."
McReynolds has had some health problems, but still goes fishing on the pier at Naples. He said pompano, king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, tarpoon are among the species that swim past the pier.
He says he puts on his sandals, sunglasses and straw hat and heads to the pier. And, he added, it is free to senior citizens.