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13-Year-Old North Carolina Girl Catches State Record Green Sunfish

North Carolina teen Victoria Navaroli landed one for the record books.

The 13-year-old angler caught a state record green sunfish while fishing with her older brother in July. The fish weighed 1-pound, 15-ounces and measured 12 inches in length, according to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.

Navaroli, of Charlotte, said her brother Jack baited the hook with a nightcrawler and gave her the rod to cast. She hooked the record green sunfish on her second cast.

Navaroli said her brother is excited for her, even though he almost caught the fish by himself.

“Jack loves fishing and would have wanted to catch it, but he was happy for me,” Navaroli said. “We were planning to eat the fish and he took one look at it and told me ‘I wouldn’t eat that fish — it could be record breaker. Thank goodness we didn’t eat it.”

Image via N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission

The teen and her brother brought the fish to a local farm where a biologist from the Wildlife Resources Commission confirmed the record.

Navaroli’s record green sunfish may seem like a small catch, but it’s much larger than most of the species. Green sunfish typically grow three to seven inches in length and usually weigh under a pound.

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13-Year-Old North Carolina Girl Catches State Record Green Sunfish