Virginia State Record Freshwater Drum

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The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) State Record Fish Committee has certified a new state record freshwater drum caught by Nancy Cash of Martinsville.

The record-setting fish weighed in at 26 pounds, 8 ounces, and was 38.5 inches long. Cash caught the record fish at Buggs Island Lake (also known as John H. Kerr Reservoir) on July 10th, 2012.

The angler hooked the monster drum on a Sting Silver Spoon and battled it for 15 minutes before her fishing partner was able to get a net under it and bring it into the boat.

The potential record fish was taken to Bobcat’s Bait and Tackle in Clarksville where VDGIF Fisheries Biologist Vic DiCenzo was able to confirm the species, size, and weight of the fish.

The previous state record freshwater drum, weighing 22 pounds 6 ounces, was caught in Buggs Island Lake in 2008.

For a complete list of the current State Record Freshwater Fish, visit the Department’s web site at

source: Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries