Robert Rakes of Christiansburg wields the first state-record hybrid
striped bass, a 13-pounder caught in the New River.
(Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries)
By Lee Tolliver
© July 5, 2009
Virginia has its first state-record hybrid striped bass.
Robert Rakes of Christians-burg caught the initial record while fishing in the New River in the western portion of the state.
Rakes' fish weighed 13 pounds.
The state game department's angler recognition program required a 10-pounder for the first record, and none that size had been caught.
The hybrid is a cross between a white bass and a striped bass.
A fierce fighter, the fish averages around 5 pounds. The International Game Fish Association does not recognize the hybrid, so no record is kept.
The world-record white bass is a 6-pound, 13-ounce fish caught on Lake Orange in Virginia.
Hybrids can be found locally, with Lake Smith in Virginia Beach the best bet.
The state lists lakes Claytor, near Salem, and Flannagan, in Dickinson County, as the two top spots for hybrids.
Rakes, who said he had never caught a striper or hybrid before, was fishing from the shoreline of the river, just below the Claytor Lake dam. He was using a Rapala Super Shad Rap.