I've been on a quest for over a year to find the mount of this world record hybrid striped bass. It's not the kind of thing you'd think would be hard to track down. It was in all the papers, it's listed in the official records. There are pictures and affidavits and witnesses and everything you'd want, except I could never get a definite answer as to the location of the actual mount. The photo at the right here was taken from the Department of Game and Fish website.
Texas Striper Fishing
Arkansas State Record Striper
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. 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 pounder caught by John West, of Republic, in July 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.
State Record Fish
This chart shows the major fishing waters in Central Texas, cross referencing these waters with the major types of fishing to be found in each of the lakes or impoundments. For a more complete list of fish species in Central Texas , see the list below, which also includes state records. Belton Lake is a 12,acre lake in the east-central part of the state, at Temple, TX.
Texas anglers are fortunate to have a host of striper fishing lakes across the state. The Brazos River yielded the Texas state record striped bass. While stripers are native to salt water, they naturally migrate into fresh water streams to spawn. Their eggs must remain in motion in order to hatch so the fresh water rivers and streams become the ideal spawning grounds for stripers.