Satilla River Bowfin Smashes Old Record
A 9-lb., 10-oz. Satilla River bowfin caught on May 1 by Layne Williams, of Blackshear, shattered the old record of a 5-lb., 1-oz. mudfish caught in 2020.
Layne said he was fishing in a kayak at the Highway 84 ramp and throwing a speciality bait he uses to catch a variety of fish.
“I take a Beetle Spin and remove the small body of it and put on a bass worm,” said Layne. “I like a Zoom 7 1/2- to 10-inch worm. I think the fish like the flash of the spinner and the tail of the worm. I’ll crank it back or bounce it off the bottom. I’ve caught fish both ways. I’ve caught bass, bowfin, chain pickerel, warmouth, speck, all around it’ll catch whatever is biting.”
The bowfin hit the modified Beetle Spin, which on this particular afternoon was dressed with a dark blue worm with silver flake, about 4:30 p.m. Layne said he was just reeling his bait back in when he connected with the record fish.
“He bumped it once, and then before I knew it my line was going in a different direction,” said Layne. “I set the hook, and I knew I had a big one. A few moments of fighting and a swirl and I saw the size of it, and my heart started racing. I knew I had a good one.”
Layne took the fish to the WRD Fisheries Office in Waycross were it was officially weighed.
Satilla River Records
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.
• Catch must be positively identified by qualified DNR personnel.
GON’s records are compiled and maintained by GON, to be awarded at GON’s discretion. Additional steps may be required for record consideration.
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