Originally created 04/29/01

On the hook

Corey Leatherman, 12, was crushed when a big striper he hooked at Clarks Hill Lake spit the hook after a 10-minute battle. His father, Jay Leatherman, urged him to keep trying. Moments later, after baiting back up and circling over the same spot, this 52-pound monster grabbed a live herring. The trophy fish measured 49 inches long and 31 inches in girth. The Leathermans, who live in Belmont, N.C., plan to submit Corey's fish as a candidate for the Junior World Record.


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