Was a World Record Striped Bass Caught and Released On Lake Ouachita
You will have to ask Joe Mann an angler from Weatherford,
Texas who caught a Striped Bass near Point 7 on Lake Ouachita in
Arkansas during a FLW - BFL Regional Championship Bass Tournament in October of
2005. Joe was using a
Zoom Trick Worm with a 1/0
Maxima line spooled on a Shimano Reel with matching Shimano Rod.
Joe was not
fishing out of his own boat and did not want to delay his partners fishing
time in taking the fish to the weigh in station. He measured the striper in the boat and released
a 50 pound scale was available - the fish was so heavy, �it broke the scale
in two, and fell to the deck�. NSBA figured it to be over 20 years old,
(size of lower lip bone structure), and the oldest fish, they feel, ever
There were a total of 4 witnesses; in addition another Tournament
boat came over and watched Joe land it. He offered a near by
angler who was not in the tournament $100 to carry the fish in and was
Joe said since he was not familiar with striped bass. Had he
known the scope of what he had caught, he would have reacted differently.
The Striped Bass measured 53 1/2 inches long with a girth of 37 1/4
Arkansas fisheries biologist based on length weight formulas indicate the striper would have been 70-90 pounds.
Joe certainly had the Arkansas state record as well as the fresh water
striped bass record and very possible the world record Striped Bass.
World Record Striped Bass
was recently caught by North Branford, Connecticut resident Greg Myerson
measured 54 inches and weighed 81.88 pounds.
Arkansas State record striped
Weighed: 64 pounds 8 ounces was 51 Inches with
a girth of 31 1/2 inches.
Joe can be reached at 817-658-3698 or via his e-mail
During an April yearly netting of striped bass for brood
stock, the AG&FC netted a striped bass they estimated to have weighed in
the 60 pound range. The nets are checked often and the fish was immediately
Striped Bass Hall of Fame
92 pound Striped Bass
Picture courtesy of the
Since 1982 there apparently has been only 1 Striped Bass caught and
verified that exceeded the
81.88 # world record It did not become the
new IGFA record because it was caught in a net by the Maryland DNR during a
research project around 1995.
The Striped Bass was a massive 92 pounds and hangs on the wall of
DNR in Annapolis, MD
"There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but
only a few will catch your heart.....pursue those."
Does the World Record Striped Bass Swim in Lake Ouachita?