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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.

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from jamesti wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

too bad they killed it.

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from TAM9492 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Still a trophy! Congrats!

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from Shane Coffey wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Great catch!

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from nate9696 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

sad because its clearly full of thousands of eggs. nice catch though.

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from jfish wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

nice fish it'll look great on the wall, I hope

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from Rhythm Rider wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Nice catch. The picture and a release would have been just as nice.

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from shadbuster wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

I don't think striper reproduce successfully in bull shoals so removing a big female won't hurt the population, although I don't think they have stocked that lake in a long time so most of the fish left are old and few so they grow big with plenty of food and no competition pretty soon no more striped bass will be left.

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from Justin Engelman wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Wow how many times did you have to cut the filets to fit in the pan.

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from nate9696 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

sad because its clearly full of thousands of eggs. nice catch though.

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from TAM9492 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Still a trophy! Congrats!

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from Shane Coffey wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Great catch!

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from jfish wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

nice fish it'll look great on the wall, I hope

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from Rhythm Rider wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Nice catch. The picture and a release would have been just as nice.

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from Justin Engelman wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Wow how many times did you have to cut the filets to fit in the pan.

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from shadbuster wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

I don't think striper reproduce successfully in bull shoals so removing a big female won't hurt the population, although I don't think they have stocked that lake in a long time so most of the fish left are old and few so they grow big with plenty of food and no competition pretty soon no more striped bass will be left.

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from jamesti wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

too bad they killed it.

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