I've been fishing the northern california delta for years,and the biggest one I ever caught was 25.7lbs.which I kick myself in the * for, because it was the only year that I did not enter the striped bass tournament,ever! I would have beat the biggest fish by 2.3lbs.I knew an old man who caught the biggest one I had ever seen,which weighed 55lbs. and was mounted on the wall of Franks tract.He caught it ,in a little 12ft boat,in 8ft of water,you talk about the catch of a lifetime,just some old retired guy,doing what he loves most.Finally got "THE ONE."Now ,I have a new hero,I would love to fish with him any day! I learned more, from the old timers,so to speak,I will soon be one of them,I am 53 years old,and I payed attention to them,more than anyone younger who thought they knew what they were doing.I first started fishing with my grandpa,and a cane pole.I have been hooked,since then.I have ran my own boat,out of the bay area,catching salmon,rockcod,halibut and even sturgeon,and stripers.I became friends with a lot of the skippers in the bay area.Once a year,I had the opportunity to go on a charter,that was just a bunch of old guys,that had been friends all their lives.We called them the bowery boys,I helped work the boat,and had the time of my life.Sharing stories,and they were all giving each other hell,all in fun.I learned a lot from these guys,and will forever hold them in my heart.This man,is now my hero!I love stripers,and the fight they provide.Even the small ones,pound for pound,are a lot of fun.I pray his wife does ok through her sugery,I can't believe,she told him,go fishing!That woman has a big heart,and deserves a hug from all of us.I wish them all the best.