Fishing the Fifty

My Quest to Fish All 50 States

Updates

July 2022:  Caught a 45.5-inch, 33-pound striper in Connecticut, which became my 44th state with at least one trophy fish.

July 2022: Caught my first citation red drum in Virginia out of Norfolk.

June 2022:  Caught a 250-pound, 108-inch bull shark in South Carolina, which became my 43rd state with at least one trophy fish.

June 2022:  Caught three citation redear sunfish, which put me at 22 species with at least one citation in Virginia.  

May 2022:  Caught two citation freshwater drum, which gave me 21 Virginia citation species.

April 2022:  Caught a citation white bass, my 20th species for which I have at least one citation, earning me a Level IV Master Angler in Virginia.

February 2022:  Caught a 10-pound Lahontan cutthroat trout in Nevada, which became my 42nd state with at least one trophy fish.

December 2021:  Caught my first, second, and third saltwater citation stripers in Virginia out of Deltaville.

August 2021:  Caught a 900-pound, 115-inch trophy bluefin tuna and a 16-inch trophy Atlantic mackerel in Massachusetts, which became my 41st state with at least one trophy fish.

June 2021:  Caught an 8.5-foot, 250-pound trophy sand tiger shark off Ocean City, Maryland.

May 2021:  Caught my personal best crappie, a 3.06-pound citation on Buggs Island in Virginia.

September 2020:  Caught five trophy lake sturgeon in Minnesota, which became my 40th state with at least one trophy fish.

March 2020:  Caught my first citation white crappie and several citation black crappie, which put me at 19 species with at least one citation.

January 2020:  Caught my first citation fallfish on the North River, putting me at 18 species with at least one citation.

 

August 2019:  Caught six trophy smallmouth bass in South Dakota, which became my 39th state in which I have caught at least one trophy. 

January 2019:  Caught my first citation brown trout in Virginia on the South River.  A few days later, I caught my first citation longnose gar on the Potomac River. These were my 16th and 17th species with at least one Virginia citation.

March 2018:  Caught a trophy flathead catfish in Alabama.  This was the 38th state in which I have caught at least one trophy. 

November 2017:  Caught five trophy rainbow trout in Georgia, which became my 37th state with at least one trophy fish.

June 2017:  Caught two citation flathead catfish, my 15th species for which I have at least one citation, earning me a Level III Master Angler in Virginia.

January 27, 2016:  Fishing the Fifty was featured in the Roanoke Times.

 

 

December 2015:  Fishing the Fifty is now on Facebook!  Click here to visit us. 

 

 

October 2015:  Returned to California to fish Lake Tahoe.

 

 

August 2015:  Caught citation rainbow and brook trout (my 12th and 13th Virginia species) on Cripple Creek.

 

 

June 2015:  Caught trophy channel catfish in West Virginia, which became my 36th state with at least one trophy fish.

 

 

May 2015:  Completed my 50 state quest with a 32.5-inch, 18-pound yellowfin tuna off the coast of Kauai, Hawaii!

 

 

December 19, 2014:  FishingtheFifty.com goes live.