Angler Just Misses Striped Bass World Record

Peter Vican with a 75.4 Lb. striped bass - Providence Journal
Peter Vican with a 75.4 Lb. striped bass - Providence Journal

Peter Vican caught a 75.4 lb. striped bass off the reef at Block Island over the weekend.  Well, it was the Block Island reef, as the story in the Providence Journal says, he normally fishes off Block Island, and in the tradition of real striper fishermen, he apparently wasn’t even willing to admit he was in the Atlantic Ocean.

The current world record striped bass on hook and line is 78-pound 8-ounces and was caught by Al McReynolds during a storm off a jetty at Vermont Ave. in Atlantic City, NJ using a 5 ½ inch black-back silver Rebel plug on Sept. 21, 1982.

In the past couple of weeks, we’ve seen several large striped bass, well over 60 lb. come out of the waters around Block Island.  Here’s a hint for you:

Big stripers school together.  If you want your shot at a world record fish, now is the time to be fishing the Block Island reef.

There you go.  The best advice you’re going to get from anyone today, for sure!