“I just got done looking at the new state record striped bass,” he said.
Kraig had been on his way to One Fish, Two Fish, a waterfront restaurant next to Long Bay Pointe Marina. When he overheard someone mention seeing a giant striper next door, Kraig did what any self-respecting fisherman would do and took a detour to the tackle shop.
The fish, caught by Cary Wolfe of Prince William County, weighed 74 pounds on the nose. That’s a pound heavier than the existing record, caught four years ago by Fred Barnes of Chesapeake.
Wolfe was aboard the Bada Bing with Capt. Tim Cannon, fishing off Cape Henry. They were trolling big parachute rigs when the fish hit.
The catch must still be certified by the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, but there appears to be nothing about the catch that would affect its approval.
For more on the catch, check out this story by my cohort Lee Tolliver at The Virginian-Pilot.