Georgia Red Grouper Shatters State Record

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Bruce Bartlett Jr. was soaking bait about 175 feet deep off the coast of Georgia when he got a good bite from a hard-fighting fish. When he fought the fish on his boat, Bartlett realized he had something special. The red grouper he hoisted into the boat weighed 26 pounds, 6.4 ounces and measured 34.5 inches long. That weight easily shattered the Georgia red grouper record of 19 pounds, 7 ounces, set nine years ago by John Wren, according to Georgia Outdoor News.

Bartlett, 49, of Kingsland, Georgia, was fishing Oct. 4 off the coast east of Navy Tower R4 on his boat, the Fishslaya Duece. The catch was weighed on a scale certified by the Georgia Department of Agriculture and witnessed by two people who signed the record application. It was weighed at M&A Seafood Market in Kingsland. After receiving the application and reviewing it and the submitted photos, the state’s Saltwater Gamefish Records Committee approved the record. The committee is comprised of marine…

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