It’s a phone call I’m sure he’ll never forget.

At 2:00 PM on Monday, May 13 James R. Bramlett received official word that his goliath striped bass is the new International Game Fish Association world record for a landlocked stripers.

James caught the 69-pound, 9-ounce fish on the Black Warrior River, near the Gorgas Steam Plant in Alabama on February 28, 2013. IGFA World Records Coordinator Jack Vitek told James that his fish entered the record books at 69 pounds 9 ounces, 44.1 inches long with a 37.75-inch girth.

To put these statistics into perspective, consider that an average 10-year-old American boy weighs 70 pounds and measures 51 inches tall.

That’s a big fish!

James’ fish tops the previous Alabama state record set in 1959 by 15 pounds and the former IGFA record by about two pounds.

A mount of James’s monster fish should be ready to display in his home in the next week or two.

That’s something I’d like to see!