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Virginia: Red Drum

After getting my first Virginia saltwater citation in December, I returned to the Chesapeake in July to target one of my favorite saltwater fish, the red drum. It had been over 10 years since the last time I fished for red drum. Trophy red drum are catch-and-release only in Virginia and they get quite big. I chose Tom Ritter ( because of his reputation for finding citations. We sight-fished the whole day and I landed two massive red drum. The first was a 46.25", 33-pound citation and the second was an enormous 46.5", 48-pound bull, which eclipsed my personal best from Mississippi many years ago. I also caught a half dozen cobia and just missed a citation in that species as well. I had a fantastic time with Tom and first mate Jordan and I can't wait to go back.


My quest to catch a trophy fish in all 50 states

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