Connecticut man catches record-sized bass

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Connecticut man catches record-sized bass

From Comcast SportsNet Monday, August 8, 2011

WESTBROOK, Conn. (AP) -- A Connecticut man says he hopes an 80-pound bass that he caught in Long Island Sound will qualify for a record.

Greg Myerson, of North Branford, reeled in the striped bass Thursday night near Westbrook, Conn. A Westbrook bait shop, Jack's Shoreline Bait & Tackle, said it weighs 81.88 lbs. and is 54 inches long.

Myerson said Monday he is taking steps to have the fish certified by the International Game Fish Association. The association said the process could take weeks.

The association's website says the current world record for striped bass was set by a 78-pound fish caught off of Atlantic City, N.J.

Myerson, a 43-year-old life-long fisherman, says he hooked the fish just after sunset using live eels as bait.

49ers select TE George Kittle in fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft

49ers select TE George Kittle in fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft

GEORGE KITTLE
Position: Tight end
College: Iowa
Height: 6-3 3/4
Weight: 247
Selection: Fifth round, No. 146 overall

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers selected Iowa tight end George Kittle in the fifth round with the No. 146 overall pick.

Kittle becomes the second Iowa player the 49ers selected in two days. Late Friday, the 49ers traded up to select quarterback C.J. Beathard.

Kittle was considered an outstanding blocker in the Hawkeyes pro-style offense. As a senior, Kittle appeared in nine games and caught 22 passes for 314 yards and four touchdowns. In 2015, he had 20 receptions for 290 yards and six touchdowns.

Raiders select OL David Sharpe in fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft

Raiders select OL David Sharpe in fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft

DAVID SHARPE
Position: Offensive tackle
College: Florida
Height: 6-foot-6
Weight: 343 pounds
Selection: Fourth round, No. 129 overall

ALAMEDA – Donald Penn’s career is winding down. Their right tackle position is unset long-term, meaning the Raiders must look toward the future when it comes to the position.

Florida’s David Sharpe will get a chance to earn a starting tackle spot in time. He’s a massive individual, something offensive line coach Mike Tice prefers in his players. His long arms help keep rushers at bay, and he can block well on the move in the run game.

Analysts says he isn’t flexible or as agile as other lineman, and is better on his own off the edge than working on combination blocks.

The Raiders have great insight on Sharpe, considering head coach Jack Del Rio’s son Luke is Florida’s quarterback.

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said Sharpe is legally blind in his right eye, a claim Sharpe disputed leading up to the NFL Draft. He called it an unfounded rumor at Florida’s pro day, saying that his vision is fine.

Sharpe won’t be counted on to start this season, with Pro Bowler Donald Penn anchoring the left side and a trio of Marshall Newhouse, Austin Howard and Vadal Alexander compete to start at right tackle.

The Raiders have one of the best offensive lines in football, status they’d like to retain by bringing in young blood to fill vacancies when they come.