World Record 70-pound Freshwater Striper

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.

record striped bass photo credit Songer in all uses in perpetuity
James R. Bramlett, 65, of Dora, Alabama landed this 70-pound striped bass, which could become the IGFA all-tackle world record for landlocked striped bass. (photo credit Songer in all uses in perpetuity)

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.

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14 on “World Record 70-pound Freshwater Striper

  1. Ray Rock Sr

    Nice fish ray. Wouldn't that look good on the end of one of our rods! LOL

  2. steve

    wow! awesome job, congradulations! Can u tell me what u caught her on? also what was your tackle? also would like to here bout the fight! thanx

  3. mickey bland

    this is one awsome striper. when I was living on the Ca delta there was a 67 lbs on the wal in the café caught by Oto Walters I don’t know the year but it was never recored. he was gona eat it but they talked him out of it and had it mounted. I’m glad this one was recored and certified. truly a fish of a life time that will allways be known.

    1. R strand

      Well I know a guy who caught a 63 inch stripper at big bend bullhead city his scale maxed out at 50 and bent the hook on scale so he took pic and let her go he doesn’t care about biggest he’s an avid hunter ,fisherman so he put her back and listed it as 50 plus

  4. Lasso a train

    I lived on the central ca. Delta . Striper fishing is by far my favorite. And although mud suckers and pile worms are great bait i still had better luck with a fresh butterflied shad using a slider. I would leave the real in free spool if holding the rod and if not holding it i would just loosen the drag i would let the striper pick it up and generally they would only run a short distance. And patiently just wait and most of the time a minute or two would go by and they would comeback and take it and run for the mountains .i would wait for a couple seconds to make sure they took up any slack in the line and set the hook. Its been my experience that anything over 20 pounds would only be good for one good run sometimes two. But the big fish tire quick where a 15 pounder would be a fight like most have never experienced. I have no idea what a fish that size would be like. I am curious to know. Congratulations there are a lot of jelouse striper fisherman i assure you.

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