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Other Georgia Fishing

Carp On A Fly Is A Chattahoochee River Record

The Chattahoochee is one of my favorite locations to chase several species of fish, and with the May full moon I headed to Bull Sluice on Sunday with both my bass tackle and a fly rod to search for bream beds. I made my way on my kayak to the place I planned to fish,…

18 1/2-Pound Gar Breaks Oostanaula River Record

A bass angler fishing from the bank on March 30 hooked and landed a 52 1/4-inch long gar that set a new record for the Oostanaula River. Joseph Agan, of Ranger, caught the new record longnose gar certified at 18-lbs., 8-ozs. Joseph was fishing a gray ghost-colored Bandit 200 crankbait at a creek mouth on…

Record-Sized Yellow Perch From Clarks Hill Tailrace

Georgia has seen three state-record fish in the past four months. Could another record fish have been caught last week? We will never know because the angler chose to release a huge yellow perch that based on measurements would have been close to state-record proportions. Patrick McCorkell was fishing below the Thurmond Dam in the…

Coosa River Longnose Gar Breaks Georgia State Record

When you’re fishing for white bass—and a 2-pounder is a good fish—imagine what it feels like when a 31-lb. freight train smashes your 1/8-oz. jig! Rachel Harrison, of Adairsville, was fishing for white bass with her husband Jason at the Lock & Dam on the Coosa River in Rome on Saturday, March 19 when she…

Hickory Shad Breaks Georgia State Record

In just over one year, the same Georgia river produced two state-record hickory shad. Timmy Woods, of Kite, was fishing on the Ogeechee River Feb. 20 when he reeled in the new state-record hickory shad. His catch weighed 2-lbs., 10-ozs., and broke a 1-year-old mark that weighed 2-lbs., 3-ozs. “The Ogeechee River is the place…

Blackshear Yellow Perch Sets Lake Record

When Georgia anglers think of yellow perch, their first thought is probably some northern lake where walleye are king. The shallow, cypress-laden waters of Lake Blackshear might not come to mind when a yellow perch is mentioned. That may change now that Stephen Lane, of Cordele, has registered a whopper of a yellow perch that…

Lanier Gets A Carp Record

A record for common carp has been established on Lake Lanier by James Martin, of Gainesville. His carp weighed 9-lbs., 3.2-ozs. and was caught the morning of June 6. “Anybody who knows me knows I’m always out on the water with my sidekick and beautiful wife Amber ​until deer season,” said James. “If you find…

Benchmark Record For Yellow Perch From Lake Sinclair

When you think of a yellow perch setting a lake record in Georgia, a mountain lake probably comes to mind, or maybe one of the Savannah River reservoirs where these fish are more common. But Lake Sinclair? Lake Sinclair is middle Georgia epitomized—and not prime yellow perch waters. But Sinclair does have some yellow perch,…

Frying Okefenokee Swamp Mudfish

It’s been said when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Well the same can be said for mudfish. When the Swamp gives you mudfish, make mudfish nuggets. Despite what many say,  mudfish meat is very mild tasting and doesn’t require a bunch of exotic seasonings or cooking methods to make it edible. Try this, and…

Thank You Lord For Mudfish

Based on the title of this story, I’m surprised and grateful for those who have stopped in to read it. Give me three minutes and it will come full circle… I promise. There is not a more hated and despised fish in Georgia’s waters to my knowledge than a bowfin. Ugly, nasty, slimy, are some…

Other Fish Recipes

Poor Man’s Seafood Bisque

Freeze in Cool Whip bowls for a great, quick microwave meal. Any boiled fish, flaked 1/4 stick butter 2 tablespoons flour 1 small onion, diced 1 bell pepper, diced 1 garlic clove, minced 3 ounces tomato sauce 2 cups fish stock 2 teaspoons Cajun Seasoning 1 beer 1 teaspoon dried basil 1 cup heavy cream…

Wild In The Kitchen: Beer-Battered Freshwater Drum

Don’t laugh. The freshwater drum is a close relative to the saltwater redfish, which is considered a delicacy. I tried this and told everyone it was redfish, and everybody thought it was pretty danged good! 2 lbs. drum filets 2 qts. peanut oil for frying 1/2 cup flour 1 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp salt…