Lake Burton Giant Spotted Bass Sets Georgia Record

Wayne Holland's 8-lb., 2-oz. spotted bass is a Lake Burton record and is recognized as the biggest spot ever caught from Georgia waters.

GON Staff | May 1, 2005

The heaviest spotted bass ever caught, weighed on certified scales and verified by state biologists is a Lake Burton fatty that pulled the scales to 8-lbs., 2-ozs. Wayne Holland, of Blairsville, caught the Burton spot on Feb. 23, 2005. The official Georgia state record, and Lake Burton record, measured 21 1/2 inches long, but it’s the girth on the fish that is amazing.

The record spot reportedly hit a 1/4-oz. Fish Head Spin threaded with a fluke.

Wayne Holland, of Blairsville, caught this Lake Burton spotted bass on Feb. 23, 2005. It weighed 8-lbs., 2-ozs.

The Lake Burton spotted bass broke the state record held by a Lake Lanier spot since 1985. That Lanier bass weighed 8-lbs., 0.5-ozs.

“We hope that the recognition of this new state record will inspire experienced and novice anglers to get out and fish at any one of Georgia’s numerous lakes and rivers. You might not catch a new state record, but odds are you will still have a great day of fishing and enjoying the tremendous natural resources of this State,” said WRD Fisheries Management Chief Chuck Coomer.

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