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.
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"
"We've had a dozen fish over 60 pounds checked in over the last two months," said Lewis Gillingham, who runs Virginia's saltwater fishing tournament. "Sixty pounds is almost the new 50-pound standard for stripers." http://www.mrc.state.va.us/vswft/vsft5.shtm
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