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Walker County Man Lands 70-Pound Striped Bass

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L to R: James R. Bramlett (l) holds the fish he caught, as Heath Haley, Game Warden (r) helps him hold it up. (Photo: Bramlett family)

L to R: James R. Bramlett (l) holds the fish he caught, as Heath Haley, Fisheries Biologist (r) helps him hold it up. (Photo: Bramlett family)

DORA, Ala. (WHNT) – A Walker County man is the talk of the town for a huge fish he landed on Thursday.  The 70-pound striped bass is believed to be the largest ever caught in Alabama.

James R. Bramlett, 65, of Dora, caught the fish on Thursday in the Black Warrior River in Walker County.  He was fishing near the Gorgas Steam Plant, where he’s had luck with catfish, including big ones.

Bramlett’s son, Vance, said his father was fishing by himself and noticed some stripes, so he immediately changed his rod and went after them.

Fishing with an Ugly Stick rod, 30-pound test line and shad for bait, he hooked the big bass.

“He’s caught big fish before, but nothing like this,” said Vance Bramlett.  “This is really something.”

Vance said a barge was passing by and stopped to watch the action.

“The guys came out on deck to watch him,” Vance said.

James said it took him about 20 to 25 minutes to get the fish in the boat.

Heath Haley, a Biologist with Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries, came to check the fish.  Vance Bramlett said they’re curious if this might be a world record catch for striped bass.

The Bramletts are currently preserving the fish.