The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has announced a new men’s record for cubera snapper, Lutjanus cyanopterus, landed in Georgia by Chris Gray of Shellman Bluff.

On June 10, 2012, Gray caught a 10-pound cubera snapper while bottom fishing offshore with Captain Tim Tarver on the Shellin’ Out.  Gray’s new state record catch is the first cubera snapper caught in Georgia that has been certified through the Saltwater Gamefish Records Program.

Gray received a certificate from the GA DNR acknowledging his record catch, which will be added to the Georgia Saltwater Gamefish Records list published at www.coastalGaADNR.org and included in the 2013 Georgia Sport Fishing Regulations.

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

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