August 25, 2011
Missouri Angler Lands State-Record Striper
By Chad Love
Huge stripers are in the news again...just a short while after a Connecticut angler boated the pending all-tackle world-record striped bass a first-time Missouri angler has bested the Missouri state record with a massive 60 lb. fish
From this story from the Missouri Department of Conservation:
“You’re not going to believe this until you try it.” According to Bruce Cunningham, that is what his brothers said when trying to persuade him to go fishing with them in June. Brad and Brock Cunningham had discovered the excitement of catching striped bass at Bull Shoals Lake, and they wanted to share it with their older brother.
Bruce decided to play along, and at 1 a.m. June 18 he found himself holding a new state-record striper weighing in at 60 pounds, 9 ounces. The catch nudged aside the previous pole-and-line record, a 58-pounder caught by John West, of Republic, in July 2010. Cunningham, 30, of Fordland, was fishing from a boat in the upper reaches of Bull Shoals when the record fish grabbed the large plastic minnow he was casting. He was fishing in about 40 feet of water. The fish was 47 inches long and had a girth of slightly more than 36 inches.