11 Ounce Spotted Sunfish Sets State Record
A bream that weighed 11 ounces is being recognized as a new state record by DNR.
“Jacob Hornaday, of De Soto, is the new state record holder for spotted sunfish. His catch weighed 11 ounces, beating the previous record of 10 ounces,” according to a press release from the Wildlife Resources Division (WRD).
Previously, the state recognized two spotted sunfish as tied for the state record, even though one weighed 10 ounces (caught by Mike Markovcic in Brier Creek in 2003), and the other weighed 10.24 ounces (caught by Ryan Kersey in the Satilla River in 2014).
According to WRD’s State Record Fish Official Rules, a qualifying weight for a new state record “must weigh at least one ounce more than the existing record. Any catch which matches the existing record, or that exceeds the record by less than an ounce, will be considered a tie.”
Jacob Hornaday hooked the new state record spotted sunfish on a private pond on April 28, 2019 using a Beetle Spin. Jacob had the fish weighed on certified scales at the Cordele Hatchery. The fish was weighed and then released. A DNR press release did not say in what county the pond was located. Jacob lives in De Soto, a small town in southeast Sumter County on Highway 280 between Lake Blackshear and Leslie.
“This is our first state record of 2019, and I hope it encourages all anglers to get outdoors and go fish Georgia,” said Matt Thomas, Chief of Fisheries for the Wildlife Resources Division.
According to DNR, “Spotted sunfish (Lepomis punctatus) are found in warm waters throughout Georgia. They have a compressed body with a rounded profile, olive green back and sides, and a yellow to orange belly. The ear flap is short and dark with a pale margin. They can be distinguished from all other sunfish by the numerous small dark to reddish spots on the sides that follow the scale rows, scattered dark spots on the cheek, and a distinct blue crescent mark on the lower margin of the eye.”
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