View Full Version : 73lb Striped bass official Va state record

03-31-2008, 06:47 PM
That is one huge fish, fish of a lifetime.:drool:

A 73-pound striped bass, caught on January 23rd by Frederick Barnes of Chesapeake, has been certified as the new Virginia state record by the Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournament, as it easily eclipsed the existing record of 68 pounds, 1 ounce.

Barnes made the record-setting catch in the Atlantic Ocean, about one-half mile north of the 4A buoy, which is located north of Rudee Inlet and off Fishermen’s Island, while fishing with VBSF sponsor Captain Pat Foster aboard the Country Girl, and the boats’ owner, Kenny Finck.

The trophy striper hit a red and white Stretch 30, trolled from a Penn rod and reel, spooled with 50-pound test mono of unknown manufacture, according to the Captain.

The group had landed and kept a pair of 20-pound class striped bass and released several smaller fish, when the Captain spotted bird activity at a distance. The Captain altered course and sped up to about 5 knots. The mate, Adrian Colapret, was in the process of bringing in the lines when the huge striper hit a rod still in its holder.

Barnes grabbed the rod but nothing about the 10-minute fight of the fish prepared the crew for the first site of the striper. “Its head was huge, that was the first thing I noticed,” said Barnes, whose earlier thought was, “it’s just another 40-pounder.”

Colapret leadered the fish and a discussion of how much the fish might weigh ensued as it lay on the deck. All agreed the fish had to be over 50 pounds. A quick measurement of the fish and the crew was now thinking they had landed a 60-pounder. It was just 11:00 AM and the group continued to fish for a brief time but decided to head back to Rudee Inlet as they became more curious of the weight of the fish.

04-01-2008, 05:20 PM
Beautiful fish :clapping:

04-01-2008, 10:35 PM
now THAT's a cow! :clapping:

04-02-2008, 06:03 PM
Wonder how old that fish was, amazing catch.

04-03-2008, 04:17 PM
I would estimate that bass to be anywhere from 20 to 30 years old.


Beautiful fish, nice catch.

04-03-2008, 04:28 PM
I'll be happy just to catch a 50 someday. :drool: Nice catch.

04-03-2008, 05:47 PM
Beautiful catch

04-04-2008, 08:46 PM
wow, amazing fish :clapping: