For Goodness Hakes!
Jan 27, 2018 Kevin and I arrived at the Norfolk Canyon at 9 am. Our first drop of the day yielded 4 fish, a large Golden tilefish & a nice sized hake on my line and 2 nice hakes for Kevin. We continued to produce fish with every drop and many drops produced 2 fish at a time. I must say cranking those fish in at 900 plus feet, now that’s some serious muscle burn! We caught a total of 12 of nice sized hakes and one that was jumbo sized. Some highlights of the trip included me boating two nice sized golden tilefish and a large Black belly rose fish, while Kevin masterfully produced some amazing catches including the jumbo hake and a beautiful alfonsino fish that weighed 8lbs 2oz. (see photo of bright orange fish).
Interesting fact: The current world record Alfonsino fish weighs 8 Lb 5oz and was also caught at the Norfolk Canyon.
We headed backed early (before 1PM) to ensure we could get back safely before the predicted wind increase/ inclement weather predictions occurred. What a fantastic day on the water!
Oh and there is more because the “Classic” fun did not stop there! Upon our return , we learned that Kevin’s jumbo sized hake was a potential IGFA world record. We followed up with a trip to VIMS to have the species identified and tested. Dr. Eric Hilton (an ichthyologist at VIMS ) carefully and thoroughly evaluated the fish along with two other biologists. All were in agreement that the fish was a Urophycis Regia (a Spotted Hake). According to Dr. Hilton, the fish definitely was not a white hake or a red hake, but a spotted hake. One of the biologists helping Dr. Hilton while assessing the fish , stated she had only seen the spotted hake in the foot to foot and a half range prior to this. This spotted hake fish weighed 12 lbs 15 ounces & Kevin’s spotted codling ( spotted hake ) has been officially Approved by IGFA for an All tackle record! Congrats Kevin !!
Kevin holding a beautiful Alfonsino 8lb 2 oz
Some of the days catch Jan 27 2018
Kevin holding his IGFA Approved All Tackle World Record Spotted Codling caught on the Classic Rockfish