Must-see: Fisherman catches record 65-pound striped bass in Missouri

According to WGHP, Lawrence Dillman of Rockaway Beach, New York, hooked the fish Thursday on Bull Shoals Lake.

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"I fought the giant for over 45 minutes until I got him to shallow water," he said. "I then bear-hugged the fish and got it out of the water on to the bank."

The 49 3/4-inch-long bass reportedly weighed in at 65 pounds, 2 ounces, with a 36-inch girth. That broke the previous record of 60 pounds, 9 ounces.

Dillman said he is getting the fish mounted.

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