An­glers re­ceive hon­ors

33 hon­ored for im­pres­sive catches

The Covington News - - Agriculture & Outdoors -

The Ge­or­gia De­part­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources, Wildlife Re­sources Di­vi­sion re­cently awarded 33 an­glers with a 2007 an­gler award for reel­ing in an out­stand­ing catch (or catches) last year. The an­gler award pro­gram rec­og­nizes those who catch fish that meet or ex­ceed a spe­cific weight for that par­tic­u­lar species.

“Pre­sent­ing an­gler awards to those who made some great catches last year is a great time to ap­plaud not only the award re­cip­i­ents, but it’s also a won­der­ful time to rec­og­nize the great fish­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties — such as the nine pub­lic fish­ing ar­eas — that are avail­able to ev­ery­one in the state,” says WRD Chief of Fish­eries Man­age­ment John Bi­agi. “Fish­ing also is a great way to spend qual­ity time with fam­ily and friends, and most peo­ple rec­og­nize that out­door re­cre­ation ac­tiv­i­ties ac­tu­ally strengthen the fam­ily as a unit and chil­dren as in­di­vid­u­als.”

WRD presents 2007 an­gler award re­cip­i­ents with a cer­tifi­cate signed by WRD Di­rec­tor Dan Forster and an em­broi­dered base­ball cap that reads, “Ge­or­gia An­gler Award 2007” and is cus­tom­ized to in­clude the species and weight of the fish caught by each win­ner. Qual­i­fi­ca­tions for an­gler awards in­clude:

• Catch­ing the fish by le­gal hook and line sport fish meth­ods in Ge­or­gia,

• Weigh­ing the fish on a cer­ti­fied scale in front of two wit­nesses,

• Meet­ing or ex­ceed­ing the min­i­mum weight OR length re­quire­ments,

• Tak­ing the fish to a WRD fish­eries bi­ol­o­gist for pos­i­tive species iden­ti­fi­ca­tion OR in­clud­ing a clear, side view photo of the fish for iden­ti­fi­ca­tion pur­poses,

Com­plet­ing and sub­mit­ting an an­gler award ap­pli­ca­tion to: Wildlife Re­sources Di­vi­sion/ An­gler Award Ap­pli­ca­tion/2070 U.S. Hwy. 278, SE/So­cial Cir­cle, GA 30025.

In ad­di­tion to the an­gler award pro­gram, WRD also main­tains a fresh­wa­ter fish state record pro­gram for an­glers who land a catch that ex­ceeds the ex­ist­ing record catch weight by one ounce or more. State record fish award win­ners also re­ceive a cer­tifi­cate of recog­ni­tion and an em­broi­dered base­ball cap that reads, “Ge­or­gia State Record Holder,” and in­cludes the award win­ner’s name, the species, the weight and the date caught, cour­tesy of WRD.

That’s not all, though — WRD also is help­ing to rec­og­nize chil­dren across the state for catch­ing their first fish with WRD’s on­line kid’s first fish award cer­tifi­cate. Par­ents can eas­ily down­load the cer­tifi­cate, fill in the per­ti­nent in­for­ma­tion and present it to a child for a fish well caught.

For more in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing fish­ing in Ge­or­gia, in­clud­ing of­fi­cial an­gler award and state record pro­gram rules and the kid’s first fish cer­tifi­cate, visit www.gofish­ge­or­ or con­tact the near­est WRD fish­eries man­age­ment of­fice.

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