It is now recognized as the IGFA junior female record.
The world junior record is held by Ted Carroll also a 13 year old caught in July 2010 near Fishers Island at 60 pounds.
The previous record was set on May 25, 2008, by Christian
LeVatte of Sydney Forks, Canada
Atlaantic City Press
Juliana Merighi, a 13-year-old from Vineland, caught a potential junior female world-record striped bass weighing 58.29 pounds in Delaware Bay
on October 24 2010 . It was 54 inches in length with a girth of 32 inches when weighed, measured and certified for the International Game Fish
Association application at Off The Hook Bait and Tackle at Hinch Marina in Cape May.
Juliana attends St. Mary's Regional school in East Vineland, and fishes with her dad, Tom Jr., on his boat Partnership. Juliana plays softball
and is a swimmer, and works at the well-known Merighi's Savoy Inn in Vineland, her dad said.
Tom said she has been fishing since she was 5 or 6 years old and her previous big striper was 45 inches.
Her dad said the tide was ripping out, and Juliana stayed calm as she fought it against the current.
It was caught on fresh bunker in lower Delaware Bay on outgoing tide, according to Mary Hinchcliffe at Off The Hook.
Jack Vitek, world record coordinator for IGFA, said the listed female junior record is 47 pounds by Rachel Faust at North Wildwood in May,
2006. Vitek said Monday morning that a pending junior male record of 60 pounds is in the works. It was caught by Ted Carroll of Chatham
on July 26 in Connecticut.
Striped bass of 20-40 pounds and even up to 50-pound bass come from all over the area.
A 56-pound, 7-ounce bass caught last week in the surf at Haven Beach by Raymond Sullivan of Brant Beach took the lead in the
Long Beach Island Surf Fishing Classic.
Jim's Bait and Tackle in Cape May weighed a 51-pound bass from John Paulik of Glenside, Pa., and a 44-pounder for Joe Huff of Drexel Hill, Pa.