When Lester Roberts rode the Satilla River near Folkston, he probably didn’t expect to come away with a record catch.
Roberts now holds the Georgia record for a red sunfish and the catch is a pending world record.
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The red crappie weighed 1 lb, 12 oz. and measured 11 3/8 inches long, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
Roberts caught the fish on May 7. The red sunfish is common throughout Georgia. They have an orange-red or crimson-red belly and the gill flap is black in color. Most weigh less than 1 lb, according to the DNR.
Georgia’s previous record from 1998 stood for nearly 25 years.
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Four new state records have been broken since December, according to the DNR.
Our sister station, Channel 2 Action News in Atlanta, reported in March Adairsville woman caught record longnose gar which weighed a whopping 31 pounds, 2 oz.
“Georgian waters are currently producing excellent fish and news of these breaking records should really give all anglers an extra sense of excitement to get out there and try their luck,” said the Head of Fisheries for the Wildlife Resources Division. , Scott Robinson.
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