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Pompano Ties Georgia Saltwater Record

CRD Press Release | October 22, 2022

Cathy Sanders set a new Georgia Saltwater Ladies record with her 1-lb., 7.68-oz. Florida Pompano caught while surf fishing at St. Simons Island.

A Florida woman has tied the Georgia Saltwater Game Fish Record for Florida Pompano (Trachinotus carolinus) after her catch was certified by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) this week.

Cathy Sanders of Palm Coast, Fla., caught a 1-lb., 7.68-oz. Florida Pompano while surf fishing on St. Simons Island on Oct. 9 that officially tied the Georgia State Saltwater Ladies record for Florida Pompano. Her catch weighed more than the current record holder, Laura Cheek, who landed a 1-lb., 7-oz. Florida Pompano on Sea Island in 1982. Under the rules of the Georgia Saltwater Game Fish Records Program, Sanders’ catch qualified as a tie because it weighed more than the current record but did not exceed the record by more than 4 ounces.

Sanders’ Florida Pompano was 12 inches fork length.

Sanders was volunteering with the Kids Can Fish Foundation’s Running of the Bulls youth tournament when she caught the fish. She was surf fishing with a 12-foot Okuma Rockaway rod and Okuma Rockaway 6000 reel. As bait, she used Fishbites EZ Crab (Electric Chicken) with Sinker Guys glass beads and salted shrimp on 20-lb. high visibility monofilament. Her terminal rig was a 2/0 circle hook on a double drop rig with 3-oz. Guy Sputnik sinker.

Sanders is the first recipient of a newly designed state record certificate, which now features an image of the record-setting species, a gold-color embossed state seal, and signatures from the governor, commissioner of DNR, and director of DNR’s Coastal Resources Division, which administers the Georgia Saltwater Game Fish Records Program.

Sanders name has been added to the list of current and past record holders maintained at and will be listed in the 2023 Georgia Sport Fishing Regulation Guide.

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