In August, Connecticut angler Greg Myerson (below) brought a striped bass to the scale of a Westbrook tackle shop that pinned the needle at 81.8 pounds. It trumped the weight of the all-tackle world record set by Albert McReynolds in 1982 by more than two pounds. Of course, no record is legit until it’s legit with the IGFA. Last Wednesday, the organization signed off on this record, and Myerson can now officially say he has landed what was easily one of the most coveted all-tackle records in saltwater fishing. So how does Albert McReynolds, who rode the record-fame train for almost 30 years, feel about it?
“Good for him [Myerson],” McReynolds said Wednesday from his new fishing headquarters in Naples, Fla. “It’s really wonderful. Now people in Connecticut have something to shout about…”
“That’s part of history now,” McReynolds said. “It makes me want to get my fishing rod and go fishing (for bass). I know there is a 100-pounder out there.”
I’ve interviewed McReynolds several times in the past, and he expressed to me that he’d “be the first to shake the hand of the guy that catches the next record.” I commend that, but if I were in his shoes I’m sure there would be a part of me that secretly hoped to hold the all-tackle title forever. How about you?
For a recap of Greg Myerson’s historic catch (complete with exclusive photos), click here.