Skip to main content

Potential World Record Striper Caught

Potential World Record Striper Caught
Connecticut resident Greg Myerson shows off his potential world record, 82-pound striper. (Click for larger photo)

The East Coast is buzzing about the striped bass Connecticut resident Greg Myerson caught this weekend. If the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) confirms the catch, the 82-pounder will be the new world record.Myerson, 43, of North Branford, caught the 81.88-pound fish just after sunset in Long Island Sound. The Sound is a huge bay between Connecticut to the north and Long Island, N.Y. to the south, and is a well-known striper hot spot.

Myerson used big live eels, a common bait on the Atlantic coast when going for big stripers. Fishing at night is another technique for catching the big ones.

According to an interview the angler gave exclusively to FieldandStream.com, the fish was caught at Outer Southwest Reef off the coast of Westbrook, Conn., at around 8 p.m. on Aug. 4. He didn't weigh it until 8:30 the next morning: The fish was kept overnight in a cooler packed with ice.

He was fishing with a St. Croix tuna rod and 50-pound Berkley Gorilla Braid -- gear you would only use if you were targeting big fish.


Myerson is known for going after and catching big stripers. He caught a 68.75-pounder last year among his three that weighed 191.55, which earned him angler of the year in the On The Water Magazine's 2010 Striper Cup competition.


If the IGFA certifies his most recent catch, it will crush the existing world record of 78 pounds, 8 ounces, which was set by Al McReynolds on Sept. 21, 1982. McReynolds' fish was a dramatic story, one that won't be topped by the potential new record. Here is the short version.

McReynolds caught the huge striper off a rock jetty he fished often, in Atlantic City, N.J. -- in other words, not from a boat. He was fishing in terrible conditions, basically the tail end of a Nor'easter, with a lure: a silver/black back Rebel. He fought the fish for an hour and 40 minutes on spinning gear -- on 20-pound-test! -- before it gave up and McReynolds and a buddy could pull it up clear of the rocks.

That is the good part of the story. The bad part is McReynolds was doubted, questioned, spoken badly about, received hate mail and generally had his life made miserable, all because he caught what happened to be a world-record fish.

At one point McReynolds said that catching the fish might have been the worst thing that ever happened to him. The well-known striper book "On the Run" depicted his family in a sad light, and said they had fallen on hard times because of the catch. McReynolds subsequently refuted that portrayal, but he has made no secret of the fact that he feels he was treated badly because of the catch.


A few reporters have written that Myerson went dark after the FieldandStream.com interview, possibly afraid of what he'd be in for given McReynolds' experience. But Myerson did tell Field and Stream that he will submit the catch to the IGFA.

McReynolds ended up winning $250,000 for his catch by virtue of a contest he wasn't aware of until The New York Times told him about it. Myerson submitted his fish for the On the Water Striper Cup in Connecticut, which has a top prize of around $10,000.

Striper season is ongoing on the East Coast, as the fish migrate up the coast in the spring, and down in the fall. Other trophies are out there. One report was of a 77-4 bass landed off Rhode Island, which if true would be a new state record ... and just 1 1/4 pounds off the current official world record.


GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Tactacam Fish-I Camera and Remote

Tactacam Fish-I Camera and Remote

Recording your fishing success is a one-button deal with Tactacam's FISH-I Camera and Remote. Tactacam's Ben Sterns shares insight on the camera system with In-Fisherman's Todd Ceisner as part of our 2020 ICAST New Fishing Gear Guide.

Make Your Own Tackle Box with Plano Edge Flex

Make Your Own Tackle Box with Plano Edge Flex

Plano's Charlie Davis and In-Fisherman's Rob Neumann talk about the new Plano Edge Flex as part of the 2020 ICAST New Fishing Gear Guide.

Bubba Blade: Multi-Flex Interchangeable Blade Set

Bubba Blade: Multi-Flex Interchangeable Blade Set

Four blades in versatile knife system to fit your needs; ICAST Fishing Gear Guide.

Costa Ferg Sunglasses

Costa Ferg Sunglasses

Costa's Todd Barker reveals the features of the new Costa Ferg sunglasses, a best-of-category winner at ICAST 2020.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

Here's how to get your rig ready for archery deer season.19 Ways to Get Your Crossbow, Compound Ready for Opening Day Bows

19 Ways to Get Your Crossbow, Compound Ready for Opening Day

Bob Robb - August 21, 2020

Here's how to get your rig ready for archery deer season.

The colder waters of early spring are prime times to use these proven bait rigs for stripers.3 Proven Bait Rigs for Stripers Striper & Hybrid

3 Proven Bait Rigs for Stripers

J.B. Kasper

The colder waters of early spring are prime times to use these proven bait rigs for stripers.

Here are the 10 most common spinning and baitcaster reel performance problems and how to fix them.10 Most Common Reel Performance Problems Fishing How-To

10 Most Common Reel Performance Problems

Anietra Hamper

Here are the 10 most common spinning and baitcaster reel performance problems and how to fix...

Celebrate with great food for your backyard BBQ or picnic with these outdoor recipes.10 Recipes for Your Backyard Get Together Wild Game

10 Recipes for Your Backyard Get Together

Game & Fish Online Staff

Celebrate with great food for your backyard BBQ or picnic with these outdoor recipes.

See More Trending Articles

More Stories

The The eastern Georgia lake may be best known for its bass, but anglers will find more trophies in these waters than just largemouths. Georgia lake may be best known for its bass, but anglers will find more trophies in these waters than just largemouths.Chase a Mixed-Bag Bite at Lake Oconee Fishing

Chase a Mixed-Bag Bite at Lake Oconee

Larry Larsen - April 28, 2020

The The eastern Georgia lake may be best known for its bass, but anglers will find more...

As the official zone maps of Pool 8 were handed out for the Championship Round of the 2016 Summit Cup on the Mississippi River, the six finalists scoured the maps like scratch-off lottery tickets, hoping their numbers would come up big.Past Experience Squashed by Fishing Zone Boundaries for Championship Stories

Past Experience Squashed by Fishing Zone Boundaries for Championship

Rob Newell, MajorLeagueFishing.com

As the official zone maps of Pool 8 were handed out for the Championship Round of the 2016...

Major League Fishing (MLF), a made-for-television bass fishing competition featuring the country's top professional anglers, celebrates its 5-year anniversary this summer with news it has become the No. 1 fishing show in the nation.Major League Fishing Celebrates 5-Year Anniversary with Top Rating Stories

Major League Fishing Celebrates 5-Year Anniversary with Top Rating

MLF Communications

Major League Fishing (MLF), a made-for-television bass fishing competition featuring the...

Cabela's agrees to be bought by Bass Pro Shops in a deal valued at $5.5 billion that will combine the top two hunting and fishing retailers in the United StatesBass Pro Shops 'Reels In' Cabela's with $5.5 Billion Deal Stories

Bass Pro Shops 'Reels In' Cabela's with $5.5 Billion Deal

Abhijith Ganapavaram and Sruthi Shankar

Cabela's agrees to be bought by Bass Pro Shops in a deal valued at $5.5 billion that will...

See More Stories

Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE Arrow

Buy Digital Single Issues

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the Game & Fish App

Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Game & Fish subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now