Man ties Ge­or­gia fish­ing record

Martinez res­i­dent reels in 17-inch yel­low perch

The Covington News - - Agriculture & Outdoors -

An­gler Larry Poole Jr. of Martinez (Columbia County) had more than just a great day of fish­ing on the Savannah River on Feb. 24 — he man­aged to catch a fish that tied an ex­ist­ing state record.

Poole reeled in a 2 pound 8 ounce, 17-inch yel­low perch, ac­cord­ing to the Ge­or­gia De­part­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources, Wildlife Re­sources Di­vi­sion (WRD). This ties the state record caught in Lake Bur­ton in 1980.

“It is al­ways ex­cit­ing for any­one to reel in a state record and this re­minds us that Ge­or­gia is such a fan­tas­tic place for an­glers be­cause there are so many fish­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and re­sources avail­able,” says WRD Fish­eries Man­age­ment Chief John Bi­agi. “We hope that the recog­ni­tion of this new state record will in­spire ex­pe­ri­enced and novice an­glers to get out and go fish Ge­or­gia’s nu­mer­ous lakes and rivers.”

Yel­low perch (Perca flavescens) are mem­bers of the perch fam­ily, which in­cludes darters, sauger and wall­eye. They have a golden yel­low body, with six to eight dark ver­ti­cal bands from back to belly. They pre­fer cool wa­ter lake en­vi­ron­ments, but also are found in large rivers and ponds. Their typ­i­cal diet in­cludes small fish, aquatic in­sects, small cray­fish, snails, midge­fly lar­vae and mayflies. They are great to eat and can be pre­pared in a variety of ways.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­cently pub­lished 2008 Ge­or­gia Fish­ing Prospects, some great places to catch a yel­low perch this year in­clude the Chat­ta­hoochee River (be­tween Bu­ford Dam and Peachtree Creek), Lake Rabun, and if this re­cent catch is any in­di­ca­tion — the Savannah River! The world record weight is 4 pound 3 ounce caught in New Jer­sey in 1865.

In­for­ma­tion about state record fish can be found at www. gofish­ge­or­gia. com or in the Sport Fish­ing Reg­u­la­tions Guide­book avail­able at all WRD of­fices and all li­cense agents.

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