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.
Twenty-four days earlier, Ply had registered for Mustad’s Hook-a-Million contest, where contestants could win $100,000 for any state record fish they catch, and $1 milion for a world record. The only catch: Fishermen have to use a Mustad hook, which was no problem for Ply. "I use nothing but Mustads," he said.
That day Ply told his wife, “Tina, 'I think I might catch a state record largemouth today.' My wife chuckled. I think I’m gonna catch a big one every time I go."