“It was just like dragging a big ol’ heavy tire through the water.”
That’s how Carey Wolfe described the fight of the 74-pound striped bass he caught off Virginia Beach last Friday.
The fish hit a parachute jig trolled on heavy gear in the waters off Cape Henry in a fleet of about 100 boat working the wintering schools of stripers.
The big bass was just shy of 58 inches in length, and by examining the scales, scientists determined the fish was about 25 years old.
Every winter, the striped bass that spread out throughout the Northeast during the spring, summer and fall concentrate in the waters at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay as they feed in preparation for their spawning run up the Bay in early March. With the majority of the coastwide population of breeding-sized striped bass schooled up in this relatively small area, it’s no surprise to see such monster striped bass taken.
The previous Virginia state record striper was a 73 pounder caught in January 2008. Pending approval, this will be the fifth time that the VA state record has been broken since 2004.
For more info: Prince William County Man Catches 74-pound Striped Bass