UPDATE: maybe not, the fisherman is apparently not pursuing the IFGA record. Read the updates below for more.
There are rumors swirling that an 81.88lb, potentially-world-record breaking striper was caught this morning by a guy named
Al Stromski Greg Myerson with a live eel on a boat off the Connecticut coast. No official word from IFGA yet, but On the Water magazine is reporting it as an entry in their five-month long Striper Cup. I’m trying to wade through the hearsay while I’m at work so I’ll try to keep this updated as new info comes up. Also, everyone knows boat fish don’t count, right?
Update: Just read the fish was actually caught last night, around 9-10pm, and weighed in at Jack’s Shoreline Bait and Tackle.
Update #3/Edit: Just found out the actual angler’s name is Greg Myerson, not Al Stromski as I reported above. According to the Field and Stream site, Myerson had a panic attack, apparently from being hounded about the fish. He’s in the ER and the fish is on ice in a cooler. This is weird. F&S article link here.
Update #4: Ok, this is even more strange, from the On the Water site: “Here’s the facts, reported to us by Connecticut-based OTW writer Kierran Broatch: This morning, Striper Cup angler Greg Myerson weighed in a striped bass that registered 81.88 pounds on the scale at Jack’s Shoreline in Westbrook, Connecticut – almost 12 hours after it had been landed Thursday evening aboard a boat in Long Island Sound. If the fish had been properly documented, it could have been eligible for the world record. However, at the moment Myerson has decided to take the fish home [and] not pursue record certification.” Maybe he didn’t want the headache that Al McReynolds had (McReynolds said in an interview years after his world record catch that if he had to do it all again, he would have cut the line).