Fishing the Fifty

My Quest to Fish All 50 States

Virginia - Saltwater

Striped Bass


After my very successful trophy saltwater trips for sharks off Ocean City, Maryland and bluefin tuna off Scituate, Massachusetts, I decided to play the hot hand and headed to Deltaville, Virginia to tangle with some truly impressive striped bass.  During the season, Wes Crump ( catches better striped bass in a week than I have seen in my life.  And that isn't an exaggeration.  My trip with Wes produced my biggest ever striper at 49 inches and 47 pounds, my second-biggest striper ever at 45 inches and 43 pounds, and my fourth-biggest striper ever at 46 inches and 39 pounds.  It was absolutely unbelievable.  Stripers are, by far, my most fished for species.  I have fished for or caught stripers in 16 states and have caught trophies in four of those states.  Yet, on one morning with Wes, I casually shattered my previous personal bests.  Wes is a fantastic guide who knows the best techniques and locations for producing citation stripers.  This was my first Virginia saltwater citation, and it is safe to say that I am officially hooked on saltwater fishing.

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My first citation striper of the day, 46 inches and 39 pounds.

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My second citation striper of the day, and briefly my personal best, 45 inches and 43 pounds.

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My third citation striper of the day, and my personal best, 49 inches and 47 pounds.