Alabama teen hopes to set state fishing record after reeling in species new to waters

Alabama teen hopes to set state fishing record after reeling in species new to waters
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A teenager from Alabama who went solo fishing to blow off some steam after his final exams returned to shore with a pending state record for a species that was new to the area.

“It’s not the biggest fish I’ve ever caught,” Gardner Love, 17, an Elberta resident, told Fox News Digital. 

“We catch a lot bigger fish offshore, but I’ve never caught a state record before – so this is definitely one for the books.”

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Love caught a 27-inch, 7-pound snook on Tuesday, May 14, while fishing in the brackish waters along Soldier Creek, which leads to Perdido Bay. 

Gardner Love, 17, is hoping to add the title “state record holder” to his name after reeling in a 7-pound nook off the Alabama shore. (Len Love)

The catch is awaiting official certification by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources – a process that could take up to 15 days.

“I wasn’t really fishing for the…

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