Sorry guys, I should have mentioned my comments are in reference to NC where we really have hot summers in the lake areas where the stripers are stocked. Large stripers do not do well in hot water especially with low oxygen levels like we see in our lakes in the summer. To my point, the record on Jordan is about 18 pounds I think.I noticed topsail angler said 40 ponds is and ocean sized fish. Not really land locked striper routinely get over 40 the state record in TN. is over 68 ponds. I have caught many fish over thirty myself. You need two over thirty to win and SCC (the old NSBA) tourney. The winner of the spring tourney on Clark Hill had over 70 lbs in two fish. I am fishing in a tourney on Lanier this coming weekend (2/16/08) and expect to need fish like this to win.
I'm not under estimating or even referring to any stripers outside of NC. Again, my comment was limited to North Carolina were it is uncommon to catch a landlocked striper over 20 pounds.I relize saltwater striper are bigger. But I think you are under estimating the freshwater fishery. The saltwater fish in the picture is not and uncomin landlocked size fish. Clark hill is in georgia, plenty hot there and fish pushing forty and above are routine. The fishing in tennesse has been making headlines for years, not just lately. You can't turn a head in east TN with a fish less than forty, fiftys are comin and it's plenty hot in TN. I have fished both of these fisherys in the past and have seen it for myself. If you think southern land locked stripper cant get big, your missing the boat.