During a winter that has witnessed huge inshore bluefin tuna catches and some of the best striped bass fishing in several years, nobody was surprised Friday when word spread that a potential state-record rockfish had been caught.
Fishing off Cape Henry with Capt. Tim Cannon on the Bada Bing, Prince William County angler Cary Wolfe caught a 74-pounder after a fight of about 15 minutes.
The fish eclipses the current mark of 73 pounds caught almost to the day four years ago by Chesapeake’s Fred Barnes. To become the state record, it first must be certified by the Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournament.
Weighed in at Long Bay Pointe Marina, certification is almost assured.