This was Georgia's first state record of 2019.
Jacob Hornaday of Perry became Georgia's newest state record holder when he caught an 11-ounce spotted sunfish April 28, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division.
He only beat the previous record by a mere ounce, although the state actually recognized two fish as tied prior to Hornaday's catch. The first, caught by Mike Markovcic in Brier Creek in 2003, weight 10 ounces. The second, caught by Ryan Kersey in the Satilla River in 2014, weight 10.24 ounces.
The state's rules clearly indicate that in order for a fish to qualify as a new state record, it has to beat the previous record by an ounce or more.
Hornaday was fishing on a private pond using a "Beetle Spin" lure when he hooked into the fish.
Hornaday wanted to get a certified weight, so he took the fish straight to the Cordele Hatchery. After weighing it, he immediately returned it back to the water to continue growing.
"Georgia has such great fishing opportunities, and we love to hear about this kind of exciting news," said WRD Chief of Fisheries Matt Thomas. "This is our first state record of 2019, and I hope it encourages all anglers to get outdoors and go fish Georgia."
Congrats to Hornaday on a great catch and congrats to Georgia on its first state record of the year!