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My Quest to Fish the 50 States

It all started on April 21st, 2007.  While fishing on a sunny and gorgeous day in Nevada, I decided to make it my goal to fish all 50 states.  Prior to that day, I had never fished with a guide and I had only fished in my native Virginia.  In fact, I had not even been to most of the states.  I initially envisioned myself doing one or two states per year, but that quickly changed as I increasingly enjoyed traveling and fishing for new fish species in new places.  As I gained more experience, I started planning my trips years in advance to ensure I fished at the best time for trophy fish and, preferably, in multiple states on each trip.  On May 1st, 2015, I completed my quest by catching a 32.5-inch, 18-pound yellowfin tuna off the coast of Kauai, Hawaii.

Now that I have caught fish in all 50 states, I am on a mission to catch a trophy fish in every state, as well as achieve Level V Master Angler in Virginia. 

 

Since starting my quest, I have caught over 90 species of fish and caught at least one trophy fish in 44 states and in 44 species. When possible, I have tried to target species not found in Virginia.  Learning different techniques to catch both new and familiar species of fish was an enjoyable and extremely useful experience.  I have seen many parts of the country I did not know existed and I have fished with excellent guides with whom I would definitely fish again.  I’ve gotten to see tourist attractions and baseball games across the country and have met countless wonderful and interesting people along the way.

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