Billy Steadman of Toms River, New Jersey, spends December in Virginia with his wife, Linda, in a rented house so they can fish every decent day. Linda reels in most of the bass, but on Dec. 21, 2011, she was tied up with a routine 35-pounder, and Billy grabbed another rod that bent over. That bass turned out to be a 51½-incher, but with a 32½-inch girth that brought its weight up to 63 pounds, 8 ounces, weighed at Chris' Bait & Tackle. It was beaten in the Virginia state tournament by a bass 11 ounces larger that was boated on the last day of the year. The Virginia state record of 74 pounds was trolled in January 2012 from the open waters off Cape Henry.