21-year-old Georgia woman breaks decades-old fishing record

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A 21-year-old woman in Georgia just broke a nearly half-century-old fishing record. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources announced the new saltwater fish record on June 5.

According to the department, St. Mary’s resident Lauren Harden caught a crevalle jack that weighed a whopping 33 pounds, 10.72 ounces. She caught the fish on May 24 on Cumberland Island, the largest and southernmost of the state’s barrier islands. According to Georgia Aquarium, crevalle jack are large, silvery fish that are often found in large schools in open water, usually over the continental shelf.

“It is an important food fish and is also popular with sport fishermen because of its strength, speed and fighting spirit,” the Georgia Aquarium says.

Lauren Harden, 21, broke a nearly 50-year-old fishing record in Georgia in May 2024 after she managed to catch a more than 33-pound crevalle jack. / Credit: Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Lauren Harden, 21, broke a nearly 50-year-old fishing record in Georgia in May 2024 after she managed to catch a more than 33-pound crevalle jack. / Credit: Georgia Department of Natural Resources

The fish Harden captured, however, was not even half the weight the…

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