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State Record Shoal Bass Caught from Florida’s Chipola River [PICS]

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Stewart Mayeaux set out to break the Florida state record for shoal bass. His four-pound, 14-ounce fish clinched it. But what the heck is a shoal bass?

Stewart Mayeaux had been researching shoal bass and the current record in Florida. He figured he had as good of a shot as anyone for breaking it.

Shoal bass are a unique fish found in the southeastern United States. Originally thought to be redeye bass, they were identified as a separate species in 1999.

Requiring a specific habitat, shoal bass thrive in the Apalachicola water system, including the Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers of Alabama and Georgia, and the Chipola River in Florida.

Mayeaux caught his record fish on Sept. 19.

After a nice fight and eventually landing it, a call was made to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) in order to verify the species and have it weighed on certified scales. The fish was kept alive in an aerated tub throughout the process.

The fish measured 20.9 inches long and had a girth of 13.6 inches.

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State Record Shoal Bass Caught from Florida’s Chipola River [PICS]