- Cullman, Alabama

May 15, 2013

Ala man claims world record for striped bass

Associated Press

DORA, Ala. —

An Alabama man now holds a world record for fishing.

The International Game Fish Association has awarded James R. Bramlett of Dora a world record for a landlocked striped bass he caught in the Black Warrior River in February.

Bramlett's fish weighed in at a whopping 69 pounds, reported ( ). The fish was 44.1 inches long and had a girth of 37.75 inches.

The fishing organization notified Bramlett that he had the record on Monday.

Bramlett's fish beats the old record by more than a pound. The previous record was 67 pounds, 8 ounces, which had stood since May, 1992.

The striper is being mounted by Centreville taxidermist Jacky Scott. It is expected to be ready sometime in the next week or so.

Bramlett caught the fish on Feb. 28.

His wife Janice urged him to go fishing that day. She was going to be in the hospital for a procedure and knew she would need his help when she returned home. Janice has been touted as the perfect fisherman's wife in several fishing publications for urging him to fish that day.

He went to one of his favorite spots on the Black Warrior River near the Gorgas Steam Plant. He said the fish rolled on top of the water so he threw his bait in that direction. It took him 25 minutes to land the big striper. A barge captain coming down river even stopped and stayed out of Bramlett's way so he could have a better chance of landing the fish.

After landing the record striped bass and immediately called his wife.

The mammoth striper smashed the Alabama State record by almost 15 pounds. The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources wasted little time confirming that the fish as the state record in late March.