No Fish Tale: North Branford man to be honored for catching world’s largest striped bass

Feb 15th, 2012 | By | Category: Featured Story

Nearly 60 anglers to be recognized for their fishing achievements during 2011

Six new state record holders, including the new striped bass world record holder, to be honored

The Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) hosts the ‘Fourth Annual Trophy Fish Award Ceremony’ at the Northeast Fishing and Hunting Show in the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012. Fifty-seven anglers will be presented certificates recognizing their achievement of having caught or landed the largest fish in one of several species categories during 2011.

Greg Myerson, of North Branford, displays his 81.88 pound striped bass, caught Aug. 4, 2011, in Long Island Sound off Westbrook, CT. Not only was this fish a new state record, but it is also a new world record. Greg is one of the anglers who will be recognized at a ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012.

Greg Myerson, of North Branford, displays his 81.88 pound striped bass, caught Aug. 4, 2011, in Long Island Sound off Westbrook, CT. Not only was this fish a new state record, but it is also a new world record. Greg is one of the anglers who will be recognized at a ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012.

The Annual Trophy Fish Award Ceremony is a recent addition to the Department’s Trophy Fish Award program. This program recognizes anglers for catching freshwater and saltwater fish of qualifying size. Anglers complete and submit an affidavit with an attached photo of their catch. The program has evolved in the years since its inception. There are now youth (anglers under the age of 16) and adult categories for both catch-and-release fishing and for those who harvest their catch.  Among the anglers being recognized for their 2011 achievements are a number of new state record holders.

“Fishing in Connecticut in 2011 was truly exceptional, as new state records were set for a total of six species, in three cases breaking records that had stood for twenty-five years or more,” said DEEP Commissioner Daniel C. Esty. “Most notably, these new records include a striped bass that has been confirmed by the International Game Fish Association as a new world record. We are hoping that anglers from around the country will take notice and make Connecticut their fishing vacation destination.”

Attending the ceremony to help recognize Greg Meyerson, the angler who caught the new world record striped bass, will be Jack Vitek from the International Game Fish Association (IGFA). The IGFA, a nonprofit organization committed to game fish conservation, maintains definitive worldwide game fishing records and has certified Myerson’s catch as a new world angling record.

In addition to the six new state record fish (four inland and two marine), there were also ten records set in the marine off-shore, youth, catch-and-release and exotic species categories. “These many awards demonstrate the excellent fishing opportunities that we have right here in Connecticut,” said Bill Hyatt, chief of DEEP’s Bureau of Natural Resources. “Fishing is a great outdoor activity that can be enjoyed by the entire family and it can be done close to home.”

DEEP will also again be recognizing several anglers as “Angler of the Year”. Special recognition will be awarded to one freshwater and three saltwater anglers who received Trophy Fish Awards in the widest array of categories in 2011. “This award is intended to promote the diversity of fishing opportunities found in Connecticut waters and to make anglers aware of some of Connecticut’s less familiar species,” explained Dave Simpson, Director of DEEP’s Marine Fisheries Division.

More information about the Trophy Fish Award Program is available in the 2012 Connecticut Angler’s Guide, on the DEEP website (HUwww.ct.gov/deep/fishingUH), or by contacting the Inland Fisheries Division (860-424-FISH) or the Marine Fisheries Division (860-434-6043).

Fishing opportunities now abound year round in our inland and marine waters, and anglers are reminded that fishing licenses can be purchased 24/7 on-line at: HUwww.ct.gov/deep/fishinglicenseUH

 

Below are the new state records (species, angler and water body) set in 2011:

species

Angler name

location

tiger trout (7 lb 14 oz) Gerald J. Barth Jr. Lake Quassapaug
common carp (41 lb 8 oz) Nigel Griffin Connecticut River
striped bass (81 lb 14 oz) Greg Meyerson Long Island Sound
tautog (23 lb 9 oz) Kendall Owens Long Island Sound
kokanee salmon (2 lb 14 oz) Thomas Pasko East Twin Lake
brown trout (18 lb 5 oz) Anthony Urbanowicz Saugatuck Reservoir

A list of award recipients can be found on the next page.

 

 

Below are the names and hometowns of anglers being recognized for their achievements during 2011:

John C. Allgood Redding Jared Macha Baltic
Ron Barbour Bloomfield Sean Marek Killingworth
Jeffrey Barstis Manchester Brian Martel Coventry
Gerald J. Barth Jr. Torrington Phil Medeiros Glastonbury
Jerry Benoit Jr. Lisbon Greg Meyerson North Branford
Bryan Bottone North Haven John K. Mikita Oxford
Jamie Brignolo Winsted Alfred J. Miller III Durham
John H. Brycki Sr. Oakdale William M. Miller New Rochelle(NY)
Bonnie Carr Winsted David Murawski Wallingford
Tina Credit East Haddam Judy Muszynski Middlefield
Seth Davis Thompson Rollin Nye Lisbon
Joseph Deledda North Stonington Kendall Owens Enfield
Vincent Deledda North Stonington Thomas Pasko Collinsville
Justin Dudley Plymouth Fred Plouffe Bristol
Jacques Dulac Coventry Jeff Puglise Granby
Paul Faucher Brooklyn Valinn Ranelli Old Lyme
Marc Fontaine Voluntown Michael Reischerl North Franklin
Jesse Frederick New Haven Heather Romagna-Hock Old Lyme
Nigel Griffin Milford Stephen Ruggia Terryville
Roland J. Groleau North Grosvenordale Joseph Santiago East Haven
Justin Harrison Greenwich Jonathan Schmedlin Stratford
Michael Holdridge Jr. Madison Bob Silva Jr. Waterford
Kyle Joseph Broad Brook Andrew Smith South Windsor
Stephen Kaufmann North Salem (NY) Carlina Spadaccini Old Saybrook
Danny Keeler Stratford Chase Tessman New Britain
Daniel E. S. Kornegay III East Hampton Anthony Urbanowicz Easton
Shawn LaLond Milford Dean Vogel Milford
Andrew Lautenberger Griswold Michael R. Wolod West Haven
Ryan Lynch New Milford
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2 Comments to “No Fish Tale: North Branford man to be honored for catching world’s largest striped bass”

  1. jr says:

    any chance of finding out what the awards actually were for (speciies, size, etc.)??

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