O’Fallon man sets Missouri fishing record for hybrid striped bass

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James Lucas. Missouri Department of Conservation

O’FALLON, MO (KPLR) – Patience and practice finally paid off for one O’Fallon, Missouri man after setting a new “alternative method” record in catching a hybrid striped bass last month, the Missouri Department of Conservation said.

James Lucas used a throwline to catch an 8-pounds, 6-ounce hybrid striped bass in the Mississippi River on April 22. The fish was 24 ¾-inches long with a girth of 18 ½-inches.

The MDC verified the catch with a certified scale in O’Fallon.

Lucas said he’d been trying to set the record for over a month and a half.

Lucas also holds the state record for skipjack herring in the alternative method, which he set on April 8.

Missouri state-record fish are recognized in two categories: pole-and-line (aka ‘rod and reel’) or alternative methods. Those alternative methods include: throwlines, trotlines, limb lines, bank lines, jug lines, spearfishing, snagging, snaring, gigging, grabbing, archery, and atlatl.