When Lawrence Dillman landed a huge striped bass after a 45 minute battle, he knew he had something special. The 65.2 pound striper seems destined to become Missouri’s new state record for the species and since the waters of Bull Shoals are shared by both Missouri and Arkansas, it conceivably could have been turned in for an Arkansas state record as well – but it is not the heaviest striped bass ever pulled out of Bull Shoals.
In 2013, Rodney Pyle hooked and landed a striper weighing more than 68 pounds while fishing Bull Shoals with an “Alabama rig”. The giant striper would have been an Arkansas state record as well as an inland world record at the time it was caught.
Pyle’s catch was not recognized as a state record by Arkansas fisheries personnel because the scale was not certified – although it was quickly certified and found to be working perfectly. The full story behind Pyle’s royal screwing is a lengthy one and well worth the time to Google it.