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Aspiring Virginia Charter captain catches potential world record red drum

Jack Limroth, 20, of Virginia Beach, is hoping his recent capture of a potential world record red drum will give a boost to his fishing rental business, which will open this season. But he admits he doesn’t expect to hold a place in the record books for long.

On June 3, Limroth took part in the Red Drum Rodeo, a charity tournament that encourages middle school and high school students to get out on the water. Long after sunset, Limroth hung a big red drum while fishing along the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.

“We have a lot of big red drums in Virginia, but I knew this one was really big when I saw the tail. It looked like a broom, ”Limroth said. The fish was measured on an official measuring device at 127 centimeters, or 50 inches. The current record is 125 centimeters and was also captured in Chesapeake Bay. Limroth knew his fish was larger than the existing length record and, if approved, it would be a new world length record. After measurement and photo, the fish was released.

World fishing records are kept and validated by the International Game Fish Association (IGFA). The IGFA maintains a variety of record and award categories. What commands most attention are the all-material weight records, which document the largest specimen of a species ever caught with a rod and reel. However, there are many other record categories such as line weight classes, fly rod records and all tackle length records. This is the category of Limroth.

IGFA has only started recognizing length records in recent years. The length category allows a fish to be caught, measured and released alive. The length category is a conservation measure, as a weight record requires the fish to be weighed ashore on a certified scale, which usually results in the death of the fish.

Regarding his potential record, Limroth said: “I knew this fish was breaking the current length record, but I also saw a bigger red drum myself. It’s not the biggest red drum in the world. This record could be broken again any day.

For now, Limroth will have to wait for IGFA to review his record request and hopefully approve it. Limroth grew up fishing on the Virginia coast. In his youth, he hunted speckled trout and drumming in the interior of Lynnhaven Inlet. He progressed from coast to coast, where he hunts the biggest drums and cobias in Chesapeake Bay. Limroth loves fishing so much that he has made his passion his job. His business, King Tide Charters, is up and running except for one problem. He needs that captain’s license. He has finished everything and is now just waiting for the Coast Guard. He can be reached at 757-687-9973 or

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