An Epic Night of Fishing With Greg Myerson
Greg Myerson, who has been called the Warren Buffet of fishing, had his most memorable night of fishing in July, 2013.
It was a calm evening in the Block Island area just before sunset with a slow moving fog creeping across the water. Greg was fishing with his cousin and trying to catch a third 50 plus pound Striper (he already recorded a 54 lbs and 53 lbs. in the last two weeks) to win On The Water Magazine's Striperfest. Greg began his first drift over a reef, when he heard the sweet "whoosh sound" of large fish chasing a school of bunker a couple of 100 yards off the bow.
As the sun started sinking lower on the horizon, they moved quickly towards the sounds of an incredible feeding frenzy. Right away, Greg sees numerous 15 inch bunker leaping out of the water. As Greg puts it, "they were doing "Triple Lindies", and I knew it wasn't bluefish chasing them like that!"
Cutting the motor, they began discussing their plan of attack and decided to set up about 50 yards outside the school. Greg says he does this for a few reasons. First, he emphasizes that driving into the school just scares and disrupts the whole feeding environment and breaks up the school. Second, he says the really big fish are zooming along the bottom, and he likes to draw the big fish away from the school and towards him. Thirdly, Greg had decided to use his patent pending Greg Myerson 5oz.RattleSinker in front of his Rattle Buck-tail, instead of using snagged bunker from the surface. This draws over the monster Stripers that he believes are feeding along the bottom with the enticing sound of their favorite food, lobster.
On the first drift, Greg drops his rattle rig down, and immediately BAM. He was hooked into a large bass. When he finally landed it, he weighed it with his Boga Grip. It came in at over 70 lbs. Against his conservative views, he decided to keep it knowing it would seal his win at the Striperfest, so into the livewell it went. Keeping alongside the school, they sent their lines to the bottom again. Wham, he hooked up another large striped bass. Smaller than the last, it still weighed in at 54 lbs. He quickly released this one seeing no reason to kill another large bass.
Greg and his cousin started discussing how big the biggest bass in this school could be? Greg explains, "the bunker were still exploding out of the water, and I had never seen so many large bass in one school before!"
Setting up alongside the school one more time, Greg dropped his line and starts his inventive technique called rattling. After about 30 seconds, Greg felt a large fish hit the jig and a few seconds later set the hook. The huge fish immediately ran about 200 yards of line off his reel while pulling the boat away from the school of feeding stripers. Greg could no longer hear the sound of the feeding fish as the boat was pulled farther away into the fog, and the screaming of his drag got louder and louder.
Greg's cousin was staring in disbelief. With his eyes as big as cue balls, he yells "what the hell are you hooked on? It can't be a fish that is pulling the boat this fast!"
Holding onto his pole for dear life, Greg screams back " I don't know, it's probably a submarine. If it's a Striper, then it is probably the biggest one I've ever hooked into!"
Greg could tell it was a monster Striper by the extremely violent head shakes. It almost spooled him out three times, and the massive fish kept pulling the boat into deeper water with the tide. Now, Greg's back was beginning to cause him serious pain. To make matters worse, the fish was beginning to head under the boat, and it almost pulled Greg's self designed Lammi Glass rod right out of his hand.
At 6'4", Greg Myerson does not weaken easily, but this striped bass was giving him a run for his money. Knowing the I.G.F.A would disqualify him from claiming what could possibly be a new world record, Greg said the hell with it and handed the rod to his cousin (this is an I.G.F.A rule breaker). As quickly as possible, Greg positions himself on the other side of the boat, and his cousin hands him the rod on the starboard side of the boat keeping the line from getting tangled around the prop.
Both Greg and the fish, were quickly fading from the intense fight. The giant bass made one last dash for freedom, but Greg tightened the drag slightly keeping his line taught and regaining control over the fish's last valiant effort. As he brought the defeated Striper boat side, his cousin netted as much of the fish as he could, and they both began to hoist the fish onto the deck. The pole of the net buckled under the weight of the gigantic fish, and it almost slipped back into the water. Greg grabbed the gill plate and with one final triumphant howler, they landed the sea monster on the deck.
Greg and his cousin were staring in exhausted disbelief at each other, and Greg proclaimed, "that is the biggest striped bass any one has ever seen or caught right there!"
His cousin said, "did you just break your own World Record?"
Greg began to explain that even if the fish was a new world record, they couldn't put in a claim to the I.G.F.A because they traded the fishing pole earlier, and that would be a clear violation of the rules both ethically and physically. Somewhat baffled by this announcement, his cousin grabbed the measuring tape and wrapped it around the girth of their catch. It measured almost 40 inches in diameter, and the length was an astounding 56 inches!
Greg told his cousin to grab the tags out of his pouch, so he could tag it before it was released back into its kingdom. Greg tags almost all the fish he catches over 40 lbs. Just to see where they end up if they are ever caught again. This was the largest bass ever caught by Greg Myerson, and it was tagged with band #22. Greg laughs as he exclaims, "if someone catches this one they are going to be pretty upset that I caught it first." Of course, that will only be known if the fisherman who gets it has the same integrity and passion for the striped bass fishery that he has.
Just before they begin to elevate the fish over the rail, Greg grabs his trusty Boga scale and tries to weigh his immense prize. It pegs the scale instantly at over 100 lbs and the scale instantly broke apart in his hand. They slowly slide the king of Stripers into the ocean, and it swims off slowly into the deep with a final salute from its one time captors. These men know that this night was a night that fisherman dream of, and one they will never forget.
Introduction to Greg Myerson World Record Striper Holder
Greg Myerson, who holds 4 world record titles for Stripers caught with his RattleSinker and has studied the behavior of fish since early childhood.
This knowledge has helped him win On The Water Magazine's Agler of the Year as well Fish of the Year in 2010 and 2011; incidentally, he is on his way to winning a 3rd title in 2013 with his 73.75 lbs. Striper caught earlier this year.
Fishing has been in his blood for as long as he can remember. To get an acute understanding of what large stripers hone in on when they are looking for their favorite food; juvenile lobsters, Greg set up a large aquarium stocked with crayfish. Using a stethoscope and a sound meter, he established the frequency and decibel range a crayfish's shell made against the bottom of the aquarium and reproduced that sound in his patent pending RattleSinker.
An avid fly fisherman, Greg has incorporated his Rattling technology into what he calls his Greg Myerson Sonic Rattle Fly Collection. He has now makes all his patent pending products available to the public at his new website www.worldrecordstripercompany.com
One of the secrets, to Greg's success in catching huge stripers over 50 lbs., is finding the ideal spots and tides in which to fish. Fishing a slack tide right around sunset is one of his favorite times to fish; furthermore, Greg insists on using the very largest eels and drifting them around underwater rock formations, where lobster pots are situated, is ideal.
Don't ask exactly where these prime fishing spots are, Greg pretty much keeps them to himself. His advice is to study the terrain and think like a striper. "As with all big fish" Greg reiterates, " the largest fish take the best spots to catch prey while expending the least amount of energy."
Here are some insightful tips from Greg Myerson.
- Being as stealthy as possible is a strategy that Greg emphasizes more than any other strategy.
"These large fish are very smart" Greg Myerson says, "they hunt by vibration and sound; therefore, being as quiet as possible, not even talking and walking as quiet as possible on the deck, will allow you to position yourself over these big fish."
- Using Greg Myerson's RattleSinker, along with the biggest eels that you can find, will attract the big fish more than anything else.
The RattleSinker mimics the sound of a juvenile lobster moving across the ocean floor. Since small lobster is the striper's favorite food, it will be instantly attracted to the noise of the RattleSinker, and upon seeing your live eel as an easy meal it will attack instantly.
- This brings us to tip number three.
Stripers are just like any other large fish in that the big ones will try and seek the best places to ambush their prey. Fishing a slack tide allows the large fish to expend as little energy as possible in search of its food.
- Large stripers need to eat 8% of their body weight during the 30 minute window that a slack tide provides.
Therefore, they will be actively seeking any easy meal they can find.
What is your favorite Greg Myerson Product?
- Rattling Sonic Striper Fly
- Rattling Float
- Rattling Multi-bait Jig
How to Use Greg Myerson's Patent Pending Rattlesinker
Greg Myerson utilizes his RattleSinker in a pioneering technique that he calls rattling. This technique works well with other species of fish besides striper including Blackfish, Bluefish, Red Drum, Black Drum, Halibut, Codfish, Bonita, Red Snapper, and sharks.
Large fish, especially striper, need to eat about 6%-8% of their body weight a day. Expending as little energy as possible is also a preference. Their favorite times for feeding are during a slack tide. This only gives the fisherman about a 30 minute window as the tides change from low to high or high to low.
In order to use Greg Myerson's patent pending RattleSinker properly, you should follow this technique as closely as possible. On your drift, drop your Greg Myerson hand tied three-way striper rig with a 5 oz. RattleSinker and a large eel, bunker, or herring to the bottom and reel up about two revolutions. Keeping your rod tip pointing as close to the water as possible, lightly bounce the RattleSinker slowly off the bottom every few seconds. This will closely mimic the sound of a lobster crawling across the ocean floor. Attracting the fish by stimulating its lateral line with the frequency emitted by the RattleSinker.
Since sound travels 5x farther underwater the fish will be attracted from a far greater distance than just using an eel. Upon seeing an eel dangling, the fish attacks the free meal put in front of it. Using its eyes only for the last few seconds of the attack.Greg catches more stripers over 50 and 60 lbs., than any other fisherman. He has just won his third Angler of the Year Title and third Fish of the Year Title in On The Water Magazines Striper Fest.