The 54-inch bass Juliana Merighi reeled out of the Delaware Bay last fall has been mounted at her family’s restaurant ever since. But the 14-year-old learned this week the striped bass she caught had broken the junior female world record.
Weighing almost 60 pounds and at 32 inches around, the fish took about 10 minutes for Merighi to reel in at the Press of Atlantic City Fishing Contest in October. The measurements taken in Cape May took a while to get to the International Game Fish Association, which certified the catch this week, the Press of Atlantic City reports.
The previous record was set in 2006 for a 47-pounder caught in North Wildwood.