The Georgia Department of Natural Resources announced today that the women’s record for the heaviest tiger shark, Galeocerdo cuvier, has been awarded to Pam H. Page of Savannah.
On June 3, 2012, Page caught a 190-pound tiger shark while fishing near Artifical Reef JY. After a forty-minute fight, Page landed a fish that appeared large enough to set a women’s state record. She brought the fish to Russo’s Seafood where the fish was weighed on a Georgia Department of Agriculture certified scale.
Page received a certificate from the GA DNR acknowledging her record catch, which will be added the Georgia Saltwater Gamefish Records list published at www.coastalGaADNR.org and in the 2013 Georgia Sport Fishing Regulations.
Tiger sharks are one of the larger shark species found in Georgia waters, and are capable of growing up to 18 feet in length. Tiger sharks are noted for their characteristic dark spots & stripes which are most striking in younger fish. The current International Game Fish Association’s all tackle record for a tiger shark is 1,780 pounds. That fish was captured in Cherry Grove, SC in 1964.
Anglers wishing to enter a fish for a new state record must be sure to have the fish weighed on a Georgia Department of Agriculture certified scale in the presence of at least one witness. Anglers should first check with local seafood markets then grocery stores and feed-and-seed stores. During business hours, anglers can have their catch weighed at the Coastal Regional Headquarters in Brunswick.
A listing of the rules and current men’s and women’s records can be found at www.CoastalGADNR.org, along with information on how to submit a fish for consideration. In addition to an accurate weight, it’s important to provide several photographs of the fish along with the application. There are also minimum weights for several species. For more information, contact the Coastal Resources Division at (912) 264-7218.
Image courtesy of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources