Striper fishermen up and down the East Coast were blown away this week by photos of an impossibly obese 70-pound striped bass caught by James R. Bramlett, 65, of Dora, Alabama. The landlocked striper was caught from the Black Warrior River on Thursday, Feb. 28. If Bramlett submits it for record consideration by the International Game Fish Association, the fish could become the new all-tackle record, eclipsing a 67-pound, 8-ounce striper caught in California by Hank Ferguson on May 7, 1992.
Incredibly, the fish was only 45.5 inches long but had a 37.75-inch girth to give it a 70-pound mass. Consider that a typical ocean-going 45-inch striped bass would probably weigh somewhere between 35 and 45 pounds.