ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — A Rockbridge County man now holds the state record for the largest fallfish caught on hook and line.
Jerry Hall made the catch in the Cowpasture River on March 21. He was targeting trout with a small inline spinner when the record fallfish hit.
It weighed 3-lb, 5-oz., and went 19 3/4″ in length. Hall’s fallfish was 13 ounces larger than the previous record.
Fallfish are a native minnow that are known as aggressive predators with a powerful strike. In fact, they fight so well, though they’re much smaller, that they’ve been compared to a freshwater water tarpon. That’s why they’ve earned the nickname, “Tarpon of the Shenandoah.” Though powerful, they rarely get larger than a pound.
The Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources has certified the catch as a new record.
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