Georgia angler James King just lately caught a panfish that may simply be too huge to slot in a standard pan. In line with the Georgia DNR Wildlife Sources Division, he caught a 3-pound, 11-ounce black crappie whereas fishing the Coosa River on Sunday, March 19.

The company says that King submitted the fish for its Angler Award Program, which acknowledges individuals for catching “distinctive fish in Georgia waters.” The popularity program additionally supplies the Georgia DNR with info on the genetics, age, development, and habitat preferences of massive fish—in order that the company can higher handle the fisheries for large fish. King’s fish is likely one of the largest crappie caught in Georgia in latest reminiscence.

“A few of our fisheries biologists reported that that is the most important crappie they’ve encountered of their careers,” wrote the Georgia DNR in a Fb put up. “That is additionally the most important crappie submitted for an angler award in over 20 years based on our digital information.”

At 3 kilos, 11 ounces, King’s crappie is simply quick of the present state document—a 4-pound, 4-ouncer caught in 1971 and tied in 1975. “[It] may be time for somebody to land a brand new [state record]—who is aware of?” the company wrote.

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Georgia is dwelling to 2 species of crappie—white and black crappie. Each species are frequent all through the state. Black crappie are distinct for the various black spots on their our bodies, whereas white crappie have a extra silvery coloring with darkish, vertical bars on their sides. Whatever the species of crappie, it will likely be tough to high King’s spectacular latest catch.

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