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Fred Barnes of Chesapeake on Wednesday January 23rd 2008 shattered the Virginia state striped bass record with a 73-pounder caught off the Virginia Beach coast.
The previous record was a 68-pound, 1-ounce fish caught in 2006 by Clay Armstrong.
Barnes was fishing new Cape Henry aboard the Country Girl, skippered by Pat Foster, when the big fish hit a red and white Stretch 30 trolling plug.
Barnes' fish is one of only a few 70-pounders ever caught.
 

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By Lee Tolliver
© January 24, 2008
CHESAPEAKE
Fred Barnes had caught some pretty big striped bass in his lifetime.
But nothing had prepared him for Wednesday.
Barnes, 63, a Chesapeake telephone contractor, shattered the state rockfish record with a 73-pound giant caught near the 4A Buoy off Cape Henry.
The previous record was a 68-pound, 1-ounce fish caught in 2006 by Clay Armstrong.
Barnes' fish is one of a handful of documented rod-and-reel-caught stripers topping 70 pounds. The fish missed the International Game Fish Association all-tackle world record - a 78-8 striper caught off a New Jersey beach in 1982 by Albert McReynolds - by 5-1/2 pounds.
It hadn't been a banner day before Barnes' hook-up.
"Nope, it had been kind of slow, actually," he said. "We had three or four in the box, but they hadn't been anything special.
"Then this guy decided to get hungry right about lunchtime."
Barnes was fishing with Capt. Pat Foster aboard the Country Girl out of the Virginia Beach Fishing Center.
The huge striper hit a red and white Stretch 30 trolling lure. The fish was fought on a Penn 30 level-wind reel spooled with 50-pound test line.
"We were actually doing about 5 knots trying to get to some birds when it hit," Foster said. "We troll a lot slower than that when we're striper fishing. So it's pretty wild that this fish hit.
"This thing by far tops anything caught on my boat before. I'm ecstatic."
Once hooked up, Barnes said the fight took him about 10 minutes.
"We kept fishing for a little while longer," Barnes said. "But we kept looking at it and decided to come on into the docks.
"I thought it was going to weigh somewhere in the 60s, but I never dreamed it would be more than 70."
Barnes' previous biggest rockfish was a 58-13 caught in 2005 from the Eastern Shore surf. Wednesday's pending state-record fish measured 52 inches long and had a girth of 31 inches.
Barnes said Wednesday afternoon that he had no plans to have the fish mounted.
Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournament director Lewis Gillingham, who registered the fish at the Virginia Beach Fishing Center, had been saying for months that he expected the existing state record to be broken.
"To the point that we set a new record is not surprising," Gillingham said. "Striped bass are a highly sought-after fish this time of year, and the numbers of big fish off the coast have been incredible. But to break it by 5 pounds is pretty impressive."
 

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The Old record was a 68-pound, 1-ounce fish caught in 2006 by Clay Armstrong.

 

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Nice follow up Jim. 5 knots, wow. There goes the sales of Stretch 30s!! I can just picture it, there is going to be a million bots around the 4A Buoy trolling stretch 30s at 5 knots today. Yikes.

"he has no plans to have it mounted" what is he nuts? That baby would have its own room in my house.
 

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Whats most impressive to me is that the last state record was set in 2006....to have another one in 2008 is awesome.....goes to show you the quality of the fish that have been caught
 

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I'm impressed with the guy that had 50lb line on thet rod! Awesome fish,bravo_sign.gif I just hope those whoppers head north soon!!!biglaugh.gif Thats one hell of a striper. To bad he doesn't have it mounted, I'd marry that one.:lff3: Why not we have the same size waist --- 31"
 

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Wow, now that's a bass!
Hats off to the fella who caught it. thumbsup.gif
Looks like they're having nice weather down there.:lff3:
 

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By Lee Tolliver
The Virginian-Pilot
© February 17, 2008
The 73-pound striped bass caught last month by Fred Barnes of Chesapeake has been certified as the state record.
Virginia Marine Resources Commission and Old Dominion University fish biologists used a portion of the striper's otoliths to determine that the fish was a female born in 1986, when striper populations were in severe decline - resulting in dramatic cuts in tight regulations during the 1980s.
"That is what those regulations are all about," said Jack Travelstead, chief of fisheries management for the commission. " Anglers can look forward to even larger fish. This record won't last."
Otoliths, found on the internal ear bone, have rings similar to those on a tree. Biologists counted 22 rings when they used a jeweler's saw to slice off a thin sliver of the bone and looked at it under a microscope.
Barnes' fish fell for a Stretch 30 plug trolled near the 4A buoy near Cape Henry. The fight took about 10 minutes.
The giant fish is one of less than a handful of documented striped bass caught on rod and reel that have weighed more than 70 pounds. Barnes' fish is only 5-1/2 pounds shy of the International Game Fish Association All-Tackle World Record caught from the Atlantic City, N.J., beach in 1982 by Al McReynolds.
 
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