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Old 07-23-2008, 03:09 PM
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Default 2008 The Year of the 70 pounder

3 - 70 pound fish have been caught so far this year. Thats as many that have ever been successfully landed and approved by the IGFA in any given year and we're not even into the fall season yet.
The last time we saw fish like that was the 1981 class when Al Mcreynolds - Bob Rochetta and Anton Stetzko each hauled in 70 pounders.

This year began on January 23rd when Fred Barnes shattered the Virginia state record with a 73-pounder caught off the Virginia Beach coast.
Mike Columbus, 38, of Riverhead then caught a 70-pound 6-ounce striped bass on July 4th at Orient Point while on Captain Phil Kess's chartered boat "Fishy Business."
A second huge fish was taken by Dave Hochman on Independence Day when he shot a 68.4-pounder on a reef in Block Island Sound to eclipse the World spearfishing record.
Several other fish in the high 60's have also been reported and caught.
The most recent was the 75.4-pound striped bass whopper caught off of Block island by East Greenwich Ct. by angler Peter Vican that broke the Rhode Island state record by 5 pounds.
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Old 07-23-2008, 10:26 PM
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Wait till their sisters come down on the fall run!!!

This brings up a controversial topic. If you guys caught the big one, would you let it fight another day or take the title?
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Old 07-23-2008, 10:34 PM
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Big ones this year, for sure. But ya know what? I'm happy with what I get. Only because I won't have to deal with the what would I do, if I did get a super large bass.
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Old 07-24-2008, 01:38 AM
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Hopefully ill see one on the end of my line during the fall Run.
But congrats to them all.
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Old 07-24-2008, 01:48 AM
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I'm coming home next month (hopefully) and I'm praying that I land me one nice fish. It doesn't have to be 60 or 70 pounds, 50 will do just fine. With all this talk about these big fish being landed I'm starting to think that if a world record is caught it might be this year and it will most likely be during the fall run.
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Old 07-24-2008, 06:27 PM
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Of course the actual decision to keep that fish can only be made on the spot. I personally have released fish that others would have killed. I believe, at this moment at my keyboard, that I would release it. Not because I'm against killing a fish or 2 on occaision, but the big one, well lets just say, that could be the headache that has no cure. I think I would get more satisfaction knowing I did it, knowing that she hopefully makes another run to the grounds come spring.
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Old 07-24-2008, 11:25 PM
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this year and next year are the years of the big fish
it is just the culmination of 2 great year classes from early 90s coming to fruition
i have never broken 40 but have witnessed many this year
the record i would keep but it would not be without reservation
i might feel much differently if i already had my trophy
it is a majestic beast
i guess ill cross that bridge if i ever get there
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Albert Mcreynolds said that if he ever hooked up with another world record bass he would cut the line. It would take a lot of courage (for lack of a better word) to release a world record fish. I think for me the biggest problem would be proving it to everyone. Maybe if I caught it and had witnesses there to measure and weigh it with me I could find the strength inside of me to get a quick picture and release it. But then there would always be the critics who would call me a liar or worse....and I think that it is because of those kinds of people that Albert Mcreynolds would release a world record fish if he ever hooked up with another one.

Then there's always the side of me that would love to catch a world record bass maybe take a quick picture or maybe not....and just release it without telling or showing it to anybody.
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Old 07-25-2008, 04:45 AM
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If it happened...........................
and I had a camera........................
A post with a picture and nothing else would appear, except maybe one word
"Released"
But then again......................................
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I sit here perplexed as to how the very thing that drives me can, at the same time, cause feelings of disbelief and resentment!!! In this great sport of ours, why must the pinnacle of success come with such a heavy price? I'm not sure that I've logged enough hours in comparison with other anglers, but I can say with near certainty that the morals and values instilled in me would NEVER allow me to act in such a selfish manner in the event that A) I caught the big one myself or B) I happened to be standing next to the guy/girl who did. Simply put, anyone who didn't like it, didn't believe me, questioned my credibility or otherwise gave me grief would be met with a (expletive deleted) and have a nice day. Conversely, my reaction to witnessing someone land THE big one would be a hearty congrats and the gratification of being a small part of such a big event. I mean isn't that what most of us are in this thing for?? Since when did fishing come before common courtesy, good sportsmanship, the love of the sport and just having fun? I'm reminded of what Gunny said to a few of the noobs at the Maine gathering. Simply put, he said 'Hey, I'd rather see you catch fish than me.' He's caught more than his fair share, cows and minnows alike, and would rather see a noob latch onto one knowing that he/she'd be hooked for life. What is this world coming to......or where has it taken us ALREADY may be the more relevant question? May God afford me the strength to never allow greed or jealousy, the most inhumane of human emotions, to supercede my love of the sport or my desire to succeed/witness someone else's success. I hang my head in shame today, if not just a little bit, in hopes that I'm NEVER held in the same regard, compared to or in any way associated with the select few who give this sport a bad name. Take care and tight lines!!!!



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Well said StriperHyper
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A fish that big had a good long life and all good things eventually come to an end. That fish would be on my wall. And if I found a million dollars I would keep that too.
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I my case it depends on a couple of things: is the camera, a scale , and witnesses real handy? If it were THE RECORD then it sure as heck wouldn't fit on my grill. Heck I'm a n00b when it comes to stripers I'd be happy with a keeper for the grill.

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Down to his last pile worm after an all-day session Aug. 5 2008 at O'Neill Forebay outside Los Banos, California Frank Ualat caught a 70-pound, 6-ounce striped bass. This would have been the new Landlocked World Record had it been weighed on a certified scale. But it was weighed on an unofficial scale, cut it into fillets and eaten. It does however still qualify as an all tackle record despite not being certified or witnessed by an IGFA official.

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DO'AH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Personally, I woulda had it stuffed and mounted on my wall, save the 20-26 inchers for the grill.......but to each his own. Nice fish never the less, oooooooofa.

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