Written by Press of Atlantic City Oct 19, 2011 by Mike Shepherd
Thursday, 20 October 2011 17:10
Atlantic City is no longer the home of world-record striped bass; Connecticut fish authorized
Albert McReynolds no longer owns the world striped bass record.
The former Atlantic City resident held it with a 78-pound, 8-ounce striper he caught on Sept. 21, 1982 until Wednesday morning when the International Game Fish Association approved an 81 pound, 14 ounce heavyweight from Connecticut angler Greg Myerson.
"Good for him," McReynolds said Wednesday from his new fishing headquarters in Naples, Fla. "It's really wonderful. Now people in Connecticut have something to shout about."
Jack Vitek, world-record coordinator, met with IGFA president Rob Kramer and conservation director Jason Schratwieser early Wednesday to go over the details one more time, and then authorized the record. Vitek said the IGFA recently requested what he called testimonials from Myerson and the weighmaster that certified the catch
"Greg complied with all the regulations," Vitek said. "We've gone over it plenty of times."
Myerson's bass was caught Aug. 4 in Long Island Sound. It also will be listed by the IGFA as an 80-pound test line record.
McReynolds stays in the record book because he caught his striper with 20-pound test line.
McReynolds caught his striper on an Atlantic City jetty, and was certified at then Campbell Marine in Northfield.
"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."
McReynolds has had some health problems, but still goes fishing on the pier at Naples. He said pompano, king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, tarpoon are among the species that swim past the pier.
He says he puts on his sandals, sunglasses and straw hat and heads to the pier. And, he added, it is free to senior citizens.
Today the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council launched its much-anticipated initiative to develop a vision and strategic plan for the region's managed fisheries. While the Council has effectively rebuilt its managed fisheries over the last 35 years, it still faces long-term challenges, such as maintaining productive ecosystems and addressing the needs of communities that rely on ocean resources.
"This is a pivotal moment in the management of our region's fisheries. We have spent most of the past 35 years successfully rebuilding fish stocks in the Mid-Atlantic, and now that these stocks are rebuilt we need to work closely with our constituents to develop a cohesive vision for the future. This will enable us to identify successful outcomes for our fisheries and the fishing communities that depend on their continued resilience and productivity,‚ÄĚ said Council Chairman Rick Robins.
The Council's first and most important step toward developing the vision and long term strategic plan is seeking the public's input. A survey has been posted to the Council's website (http://www.mafmc.org/vision/) for the public to begin providing their thoughts, ideas, and comments on fisheries management policies and processes. The survey, which includes opportunities to provide detailed input on each fish species managed by the Council, will be available until January 31, 2012.
In addition to the survey, over the next several months Council staff will be visiting coastal communities to hear from constituents and those most affected by the Council‚Äôs decisions. A list of these locations and events will be posted and frequently updated on the Council's website. "This is a completely stakeholder-driven initiative and our number one priority is to hear from our constituents. They will determine how the vision and strategic plan are developed. Their input will have a real impact on how our fisheries are managed in the future," added Council Executive Director Dr. Christopher M. Moore.
For more information and/or to get involved visit http://www.mafmc.org/vision/ or contact Mary Clark at
or (302) 526-5261.800 N State St., Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901 Phone (302) 674-2331 * FAX (302) 674-5399
In a joint meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council
(Council) and the Black Sea Bass, Scup and Summer Flounder Management Board of
the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (Board) in Wilmington, DE on
Wednesday, approval was given to recommendations to increase Summer Flounder and
Scup quotas for the 2012 fishing season by 1.55 million pounds and 21.43 million
¬†The overall black
sea bass quota will be the same for 2012, however, the recreational catch target
will be decreased by nearly a half million pounds to account for increases in
¬†Following the advice
of the Council's Science and Statistical Committee (SSC), monitoring committee
and staff, there was much debate about the summer flounder and scup quotas, but
the final decision to increase the quotas was rendered with overwhelming support
from both the Council and the Board.
bass, however, was far more contentious. Capt. Adam Nowalsky, chairman of the
New Jersey chapter of the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA-NJ) and serving as
New Jersey's Legislative Commissioner's Proxy to the ASMFC Board, put forth a
motion with strong
support from New Jersey's other Commissioners and Council members to keep the
2012 recreational catch target the same as for 2011. This motion passed the
Council in a narrow 10-9 role call vote, but was defeated by the Board
6-5. Since the species are jointly managed, both the Council and the Board must
approve any measures, thus resulting in a failed motion.
¬†A motion was then
put forth that would have reduced the black sea bass 2012 catch target by almost
700,000 pounds, but an amendment again put forth by Capt. Nowalsky won favor by
both bodies resulting in a lesser 470,000-pound reduction.
Just before sunrise on June 5th, Jack Merwede, from Lavallette and Whiting,
hooked in to a striped bass of a lifetime while fishing with colleague Mike
Chizhik on his 22' Shamrock.
After having run in to large school of bunker at
the mouth of the Shark River in Avon, Snag-and-Drop was the order of the day.
Two 25 lbers were already in the boat when Jack decided to try a unique surf¬†
fishing technique currently under development. Jack used a fish-finder type rig
with an 8/0 Octopus Circle, 3 ounce weight and bunker chunk on the end of a 7'
Ugly Stick with a Shimano 3500 Baitclicker, spooled with Power Pro. Certainly
more of a fluke rod than a striper rig.¬† Of course Murphy's Law prevailed as the
monster bass picked up the chunk from the bottom and took off for parts unknown.
Fortunately, Mike's boat handling expertise afforded some time to catch up with
the brute and wear her out . After a 20 minute chase and struggle, the 50
inch-50 pound trophy was brought to the boat. This fish was Jack's lifetime best
by almost 19 lbs.