Angler hooks and releases giant 57.10 lb. striper on sacramento river 5 gases in the atmosphere

Captain Billy Driessen accomplished the impressive feet of catching a giant 57.10 lb. striped bass on the Sacramento River on April 7 around 6:30 p.m. Even better, he carefully released the leviathan back into the river to fight yet another day.

Driessen was using an 11” Hiroshima Customs Glidebait, paired with an 8’ Elite Styx – SW Glide 9614 XXHeavy Mod/Fast 6-14oz and Okuma Komodo 463 bait casting reel with 100 lb. Power Pro braided line. Driessen emphasized that “countless hours of rod and bait development went into creating a one of a kind setup for chasing (trophy stripers) on a daily basis.”

“We found her hunting on a long sandy spawning flat with 3’ – 8’ of water behind a pair of large snags,” explained Drieseen. “At the bottom of the flat was immediate deep water access for her to retreat into after she was done feeding making it an ideal trophy striper spot.

It took him about ten minutes to land the fish even with the custom gear he used. “It is definitely the best fighting striper I’ve landed. At first, I thought it was another 30 pounder. Nobody else wanted to take the rod, so I fought it. We no idea what had until it was in net and we tried to lift it up,” Driessen stated.

“After the culmination of 7 months straight chasing trophy stripers and having one of the greatest seasons ever, I can remember it was at that point I realized we had stumbled on something pretty special. The girth of the fish ended up being nearly 32” around, making her wider than the length of the average striper,” he said.

Driessen emphasized, “All trophy stripers caught on my boat are cared for, properly revived, and released safely when the fish is ready so another angler has a chance to catch this once in a lifetime river monster in their back yard, right here in NorCal.”

What’s the secret to catching these big fish “To target big stripers, a shallow feeding flat 3 to 8 feet deep with structure and deep later access to retreat to is the answer to the riddle. When hungry, they move out from their deep water homes behind snags to shallow water to feed. After stuffing their belly, they go home to deep water,” he explained.

“Everything stops when the fish hits my deck,” he said. “The first thing is the bait comes out and we immediately put the fish in the fish box with the pump pumping fresh river water and the water is oxygenated to revive the fish. We close the fish box for a half hour and let the fish mellow out.”

“I promise that nobody does it like I do,” Driessen said. “I believe there is a large amount of trophy stripers, but you can’t do it like it is still 1964 and throw an anchovy out and expect to catch a trophy striper. You need to put in the work to catch these fish. They are smart fish – very intelligent.”

“Nobody had ever thought of throwing this bait that weighs 11 ounces, an absolute monstrosity. Two years ago, I met up with Miles Boyd of Elite Sticks and Anthony Crawford. The three of us sat down and figured out how to build these rods that cast baits over 9 ounces,” he explained.