World Record Striper Caught and Released in Virginia by OTW Staff | January 10, 2020
With a headline that stopped many striper fishermen in their tracks, the Virginian-Pilot reported yesterday of a “world record striped bass caught and released off Cape Charles.” The striper, however, is not in the size class of the current 81.88-pound IGFA world record striped bass caught in Connecticut in 2012. Instead, the 48-inch striped bass caught and released by West Virginia angler Alex Foster, while certainly a big striper, nabbed the IGFA’s All-Tackle Length Release Category, a category created in 2011 that hasn’t received the same attention as their weight-based record categories.
Foster’s 48-inch striped bass is expected to replace the current C+R record of 46 inches, caught off NJ by Captain Frank Crescitelli. The 48-inch mark is certainly vulnerable, as we have multiple striped bass over 50 inches caught and released in our Striper Cup tournament every year. The next record holder could be you, if you’re willing to take the time to meet the IGFA’s requirements, purchase their $49 ruler, and pay the associated fees.
Or, you could go after the bluefish record of 34 inches, currently held by “The Chicken Man” Wade Boggs. Then you’d be able to say that you beat Boggs.
"Bragging may not bring happiness, but no man having caught a large striper goes home through an alley."