State wildlife officials last week shocked up a big striper below the Lake Eufaula Dam that would have been a state record if caught by an angler.
The striped bass measured 41.5 inches and was estimated to weigh 51.5 pounds. That would have beaten the current state record of 47 pounds, 8 ounces by more than four pounds.
Each year, state wildlife officials take electro-fishing surveys on lakes to help them manage the fisheries.
The fish are shocked to the surface and release unharmed, so perhaps the big Eufaula striper is somewhere still roaming around the tailwaters.
On the Red River, striper guide Norman O’Neal provided a photo of 34-pound, 8-ounce striper caught Thursday by George Faranelli of Denison, Texas.
The fish was hooked on a small threadfin shad and a popping cork down river from the Denison Dam.
“The fish was an absolute bruiser, pulling the boat off the gravel bar I had pulled up on,” O’Neal said. “It dumped the whole spool of line on the Abu 6600 C4 before I absolutely had to give chase. The fish was landed a few hundred yards down river after an amazing battle.”
The fish was weighed and successfully released back into the river.