West Point Striper Record Broken

Two fish in the 20s and a new lake record to end the day was a monumental day of fishing on West Point.

Simone Gibson | March 18, 2019

On March 8, Mike Bradford, of Douglasville, caught a West Point striper certified at 36.17 pounds, breaking the old record by more than a half pound.

At 6:30 in the morning, Mike and his friend Jamie Townsend arrived at the lake. Mike said he’s been fishing West Point for 30 years.

“My friend Jamie and I go a few times a year, just trophy hunting,” said Mike. “We specifically wanted to catch some big fish.”

They made their way to a spot between Ringer Access and Yellow Jacket Creek.

“We decided to use gizzard shad, and we pulled them under balloons,” said Mike.

After a couple of hours had passed, Mike and Jamie were already having a super morning of fishing, catching stripers that weighed 26 and 29 pounds.

Jamie Townsend with a 29-lb. West Point striper that was caught and released the same day as Mike broke the record.

By 4 p.m., Mike and Jamie had caught six fish. After being on the lake for eight hours, Mike finally hung into the new lake record, which would end up beating the previous striper record of a 35-lbs., 8-ozs.

After a 20-minute battle with the fish, Mike was able to get the fish out of the water. Later, Mike took the striper to be weighed on certified scales at a Publix in Villa Rica. 

“We went to the lake to hunt big trophy stripers, and that’s all we do, so it was pretty awesome to have three fish in that class of trophies, and especially for West Point,” said Mike.

Mike believes his catch is a result of the fish stockings being changed.

“They changed the striper stockings in 2005 and went to a Gulf strained striper,” said Mike. “So, we’re in  2019, and it’s 14 years later, and we’re just now getting these large class of fish because they’re at that age.

“I feel like right now there is probably a couple of 40-pounders in the lake, and there’s a good chance that the record could be beaten multiple times this year, and hopefully it’s by me,” said Mike. 

Mike Bradford’s lake record striper from West Point.

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  1. BassWhisperer1 on March 21, 2019 at 11:23 am

    What a great day of fishing. These guys know how to catch trophy class fish, plus they don’t mind sharing details about how they manage to do so. Several great tips are included in this article that could very well put regular everyday anglers in the record books. Included in the details are key ingredients like bait used: gizzard shad, technique used: under balloons, location: between ringer access and yellow jacket creek would be a good place to start using your electronics and watching for birds. Other useful information is the stocking info plus the thought of there being 40 plus pound fish running in that lake now should be enough to have fishermen churning up that water into a froth. Great article guys.

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