Striped bass fishing season is off to a HOT start in Northern California, with pictures of monster fish flooding social media. One photo seen in the Facebook group NorCal Fishing Report was so incredible that many of the people thought it was photoshopped.
Thomas Fitzpatrick shared a photo of a 52-pound striped bass that was one of the biggest we’ve ever seen. It’s proof that these bass can grow to unbelievable sizes in the Sacramento River:
“I’m a pretty sentimental person and spend an extreme amount of time chasing these creatures and would like to just recognize and appreciate what this fish has had to over come in it’s ever changing environment for over a decade,” Fitzpatrick wrote on FB. “Very thankful for every ounce of the fight she put into the battle …. hopefully she gets to hunt the shallow riffles just the same as she did before we shook hands for a lot more years.”
The fish was so big, that the comment sections was filled with people saying it was photoshopped. While we can’t officially confirm the photo is real, we’ve seen plenty of photos of fish that are near that size on the Sac. It’s reminiscent of this 55-pound bass caught in November 2021 by Nathan Barbour:
Congrats to all the bass fishermen killing it in NorCal right now. Keep on rippin’ lips!