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73lb Virginia State Record Striped Bass Approved
Posted on 02/18/2008
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. Tournament Director Lewis Gillingham viewed the official weigh-in at the Virginia Beach Fishing Center by its weighmaster, John Crowling. “Every fin was perfect, every scale was in place and the fish just glowed. The fish was big from its head to its tail. It didn’t just have a big stomach,” noted Gillingham. In fact, when the taxidermist finished his work days later, a gut analysis revealed the fish’s stomach was empty. “To put this catch in perspective, at 73 pounds, this huge striper is one of only half-a-dozen or less striped bass weighing 70 pounds or more ever documented landed on recreational rod and reel along the entire Atlantic Coast,” added Gillingham.