Potential World Record Striped Bass Rejected by IGFA and Fish and Game, Angler Loses Out on $1 Million
Rodney Ply thought he had caught the world record landlocked striped bass and won $1 million until the state wouldn't certify his catch and the IGFA rejected his record.
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When Rodney Ply got a call from his friend Chad Whited on the morning of Feb. 18 to go fishing on Bull Shoals Lake in Arkansas, he politely declined. Thirty minutes later, Whited's truck was in his driveway and Whited was hooking up Ply's 18'6" 175 Starfire with a 150 pro-v Yamaha engine.
Looking back, it’s hard to say if it would have been better for Ply to stay home that day. On one hand, he ended up catching a massive striped bass weighing 68 pounds that could have broken the landlocked record. On the other hand, catching that fish and the chaos that followed caused Ply to go through the heartbreak of losing out on $1 million.
Story by Scott Yorko; photos courtesy of Rodney Ply, Farris Brotherton, and Ken Shirley