‘Confused’ angler calls dad after catching odd fish. It tied a state record in Georgia

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A Georgia man’s fishing trip became much more exciting when he pulled up a state-record catch, wildlife officials said.

Emerson Mulhall, a 20-year-old angler from Cumming, was out fishing on Lake Burton when he got a tug on his line, according to a Feb. 21 news release from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The fish he reeled in was a state record-tying yellow perch, officials said.

Mulhall’s catch weighed 2 pounds and 9 ounces, according to the department. He tied a yellow perch state record set in 2013, officials said.

The 20-year-old angler’s catch weighed almost 3 pounds, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

The 20-year-old angler’s catch weighed almost 3 pounds, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

The yellow perch can grow up to 3 pounds but is usually less than a pound, wildlife officials said. The bright orange-finned fish are found in cold lakes, as well as rivers and ponds, according to the department.

Catching “trophy-size fish” is normally more common at Lake Burton during early spring, the department said.

Yellow perch can be found in cold lakes in Georgia, wildlife officials said.Yellow perch can be found in cold lakes in Georgia, wildlife officials said.

Yellow perch can…

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