State record certification can take a few weeks, world record certification can take as long as six months. State and world records don’t become official until the state agency and IGFA certifies them
Retired ironworker James R. Bramlee Dora, Alabama set the old world record on fire when he caught a 70-pound striped bass fishing on Black Warrior River February 28. Bramlett was fishing alone near the Gorgas Steam Plant tied up to the bank, when he saw the big fish chasing shad about fifty feet away from him and the fish rolled on top of the water. He grabbed a larger rod (Mustad 6.0 hook, catfish Ugly Stik rod with an Ambassador 7000 reel and Berlely Big Game 30-pound test) and a live shad from his bait tank and cast over near where the big bass was. (see video)
Bramlett surpassed the old world record by 15-pounds
The big bass quickly grabbed the 10-inch gizzard shad Bramlett was using and in 25-minutes he had the lunker-and-a-half in the boat.
Old state record: 1959 55-pound bass caught by Charles Totty on the Tallapoosa River. Fisheries didn’t stock striped bass in those days. Biologists then believed the fish to be an ocean-going fish that had wandered inland 200-miles before all of the dams were in place. The next closest record was a 52-pound bass caught twenty years ago.
The current IGFS world record: for bass caught inland was 67 pounds and 8 ounces caught in 1992 b Hank Feguson, on the O’Neill Forebay in Los Banos, California.
Bramlett brought the fish to the Northport office of Alabama Wildlife Fisheries fr certification the day of the catch. “To pass up the old world record is one thing but to pass it up by 15 pound is another. Mr. Bramlett is a humble man, the kind of man you’d like to see do something like this. “ The big striped bass weighed 70.00 pounds on the scale.
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