Lanier Shellcracker Record Broken After Nearly 20 Years
This record fish bit a "dew worm" in 30 feet of water.
When you think about fishing on Lake Lanier in December, visions of big striped bass on the end of your line likely come to mind—at least before a shellcracker flopping in the boat would.
Michael Madryga, of Cumming, and his son Blair, 25, were fishing Lake Lanier Dec. 12 when they put a new lake-record shellcracker in the boat.
Chase Mason with Hammonds Fishing verified the weight on the 13-inch fish using the store’s certified scale. It weighed 1.59 pounds (1-lb., 9.44-ozs.) and beat a nearly 20-year-old record, a 1-lb., 5-oz. fish caught on June 13, 2002 by Russ Toole.
“Lanier is an incredible fishery, and I’m sure there are bigger ones out there. This unexpected catch made for a memorable day on the water,” said Blair.
|Largemouth Bass||17-lbs., 9-ozs.||Emory Dunahoo||12/19/65|
|Spotted Bass||8-lbs., 0.5-ozs.||Patrick Bankston||05/20/85|
|Striped Bass||47-lbs., 12-ozs.||Ward Schanhals||04/03/10|
|Hybrid Bass||12-lbs.||Fred Duncan||12/22/92|
|White Bass||5-lbs., 1-oz.*||J.M. Hobbins||06/16/71|
|Shoal Bass||5-lbs., 5-ozs.||Peter T. Thliveros||12/01/94|
|White Crappie||3-lbs., 2-ozs.||Bill Fretwell||04/17/91|
|Black Crappie||3-lbs., 5-ozs.||Chris Williams||10/06/06|
|Walleye||8-lbs., 9-ozs.||Buddy Wade||01/20/13|
|Bluegill||1-lb., 2-ozs.||Mrs. Pat Johnson||06/03/79|
|Yellow Perch||1-lb., 8-ozs.||Jeff Howard||02/02/90|
|Shellcracker||1-lb., 9.44-ozs.||Michael Madryga||12/12/21|
|Rainbow Trout||9-lbs., 6-ozs.||Brooke Wheeler||03/02/19|
|Brown Trout||6-lbs.||Tim Wyatt||04/24/04|
|Flathead Catfish||51-lbs., 10-ozs.||Rodney Stephens||08/14/16|
|Channel Catfish||22-lbs., 8-ozs.||Robert Hancock||09/28/11|
|Longnose Gar||30-lbs., 13-ozs.||Gerald Kennedy||09/04/13|
|Common Carp||14-lbs., 10.24-ozs.||Cooper Henley||03/14/21|
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