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Red Belly Record Broken On Ohoopee River

Brad Gill | June 1, 2020

Kaye Driggers, of Claxton, had bragging rights on a fishing outing with her husband, Richard, on May 15 after catching a new Ohoopee River record redbreast. The 12.48-oz. bream easily exceeds the 8-oz. benchmark for the species.

“We were fishing below the prison bridge in Reidsville out of a boat,” said Kaye. “I was fishing a Beetle Spin when I caught the redbreast.”

Kaye had her fish officially weighed with witnesses at Mike’s Discount Meat Mkt, 307 N Duval St, Claxton, GA 30417.

Kaye has had her name in GON‘s Georgia Lake and River Records  before by catching a 1-lb., 5.28-oz. black crappie from the Ohoopee River on Aug. 31, 2019. However, her name was removed from the list when her husband caught a 1-lb., 10-24-oz. black crappie from the Ohoopee on Nov. 10, 2019.

Richard currently has four river records, three on the Ohoopee and one on the Canoochee River. We wouldn’t be surprised to see Kaye gunning for several of her husband’s records.

Kaye Driggers with her Ohoopee River redbreast record.

Largemouth9-lbs., 8-ozs.Gary Sammons07/30/21
Redbreast12.48-ozs.Kaye Driggers05/15/20
Chain Pickerel3-lbs., 6.56-ozs.Colonel William Scott Drennon01/02/23
Bluegill1-lb., 2.56-ozs.Dale Williams05/11/22
Spotted Sunfish10.75-ozs.Robert Lane5/04/19
Black Crappie1-lb., 10.24-ozs.Richard E. Driggers11/10/19
Shellcracker1-lb., 5.92-ozs.Richard E. Driggers7/20/19
Warmouth14.58-ozs.Thomas Corbin10/29/21

See all of GON’s official Georgia Lake & River Records here.

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.

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