Catching a big fish is awesome, how about if the first fish you catch that day is a new state record?
Chad Doughty, age 27, of Winder hooked and “battled” the new state record brown trout for about 45 minutes while kayak fishing on the Chattahoochee River below Buford Dam on July 27.
Doughty, using a rooster tail with spinning tackle on 6 lb line, even had to abandon his kayak to “run down” the fish as his spinning reel almost ran out of line.
According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division, this 20 lb, 14 oz, 31 ½” catch beat the existing state record, established in 2001 by 2 lb, 8 oz. A new state record will have to be at least one ounce greater.
Being that it was his first fish of the day, Mr. Doughty wanted to keep fishing.
His co-anglers convinced him that he might have a new state record, so off they went to seek certified scales.
The brown trout is golden brown to olive brown with yellowish sides.
Its back and sides have dark spots encircled with light yellow or white.
Some brown trout also have orange or red spots on their sides.