Austin Edwards with his record breaking Spadefish 6/17/06 For Immediate Release
June 30, 2006

State Record Spadefish Broken Again 

A 14-pound spadefish caught on June 17th by Austin Edwards of Powhatan has been certified as the new Virginia state record by the Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournament. This is the second time the spadefish record has been broken in less than a month.

Edwards caught his fish while fishing at the Cell in the Chesapeake Bay. The spadefish, which measured 24 inches in length and had a girth of 26 inches, was fooled by a piece of clam. Edwards, who is 17 year old, was fishing with his father and brother on the boat of George Martin.

The prior state record of 13 pounds, 5 ounces was caught at Wolf Trap Light in the Chesapeake Bay by Michael K. Hanhart of Huddleston. Hanhart caught his fish on May 29, 2006.

For more information, contact Claude Bain, Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournament, 968 S. Oriole Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, (757) 491-5160,

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