On July 27, Chad Doughty, 27, of Winder, hooked and “battled” the new state record brown trout for about 45 minutes while kayak fishing on the Chattahoochee River below Buford Dam, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. Doughty, using a rooster tail with spinning tackle on 6 lb. line, even had to abandon his kayak to “run down” the fish as his spinning reel almost ran out of line.
This 20 lb, 14 oz, 31 ½” catch beat the existing state record, established in 2001 by 2 lb, 8 oz. A new state record has to be at least one ounce greater.
Being that it was his first fish of the day, Doughty wanted to keep fishing. His co-anglers convinced him that he might have a new state record, so off they went to seek certified scales (scales certified by the Georgia Department of Agriculture, often found in marinas, grocery stores and at Georgia DNR Fisheries Offices).
“Congratulations to Mr. Doughty! What a tremendous catch and it just goes to show you never know what a day of fishing will get you until you get out on the water,” says John Biagi, chief of fisheries for the Wildlife Resources Division. ”That is two new state records and one record tied this summer — what are you waiting for folks, get outdoors and go fish Georgia!”
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