Alapaha River Largemouth Record Set
On June 10, Kevin Mullis, of Waycross, headed for the Alapaha River in the early morning hours with hopes that he and his cousin Jesse Tatum would be able to put a few bass in the boat.
Little did he know that fate, luck and skill would soon come together to aid in catching an Alapaha River bass of a lifetime.
“We had originally planned to put in the river near Lakeland, but we made a wrong turn and ended up in Stockton. We looked at the river and decided since we were there, we’d try them. It turned out to be the right move,” said Kevin.
The pair’s morning started slow, managing only one bite by mid morning.
Kevin had been throwing the plug for about a half hour when he came to the back side of a sandbar that had a log submerged in the water.
“I made a long cast and let the plug settle on the water. I gave it two jerks, and the fish killed it.”
Kevin quickly worked the giant fish to the boat, only to have it strip drag as it pulled down hard in the depths of the black water.
“I finally worked the fish up again, and it made one more hard run before I could get it back beside the boat. I didn’t have a net, and Jesse was down on his knees trying to grab the fish. Finally, he got a hold of him. I just knew the fish was gonna pull loose.”
Kevin later took the fish to the WRD Fisheries Office in Waycross to be weighed and measured. The Alapaha largemouth came in at 6-lbs.,12-ozs. and stretched the measuring tape to just over 24 inches long.
In case you’re reading this story and think you may recognize Kevin’s name, it’s because he also currently holds the Satilla River record for bass with a 12-lb. behemoth he caught a few years back.
Kevin is planning on fishing several south Georgia rivers this summer with hopes that maybe another record fish is in his near future.
GON’s Official Alapaha River Record Fish
Requirements For Record Fish
• Fish must be caught legally by rod and reel in a manner consistent with state game and fish regulations.
• Catch must be weighed on accurate Georgia DOA certified scales with at least two witnesses present, who must be willing to provide their names and phone numbers so they can be contacted to verify the weighing of the fish.
• Witnesses to the weighing must be at least 18 years old, and they must not be members of the angler’s immediate family nor have a close personal relationship with the angler.
• Catch must be positively identified by qualified DNR personnel.
GON’s records are compiled and maintained by GON, to be awarded at GON’s discretion. Additional steps may be required for record consideration.
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