Monday, July 11, 2011

New South Carolina State Records Set for Scamp, Queen Triggerfish

Two additions were added recently the South Carolina Saltwater Game Fish State Record list.

A new state record Scamp was caught on June 14 by angler Ross Holmquist of Beaufort, SC, and a tie for state record Queen Triggerfish was caught on June 15 by angler James Hunter Woodberry of Lake City, SC.

Twenty-three year old Holmquist was fishing aboard "No Worries," a 26-foot Glacier Bay, with captain and owner Mike Sackman of Beaufort, SC, when he caught the record breaking Scamp.

The catch was weighed and certified the following day by weigh-master and S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) biologist Lindsay Roberg.

The previous state record scamp weighed 25 pounds 8.8 ounces and was caught by Edward M. Lowe, Jr of Upper Marlboro, MD, in September 2007.

The record Queen Triggerfish was caught aboard "First Choice," a 29-foot Fountain, by 12-year-old Hunter Woodbury. The fish was certified by DNR biologist Kris Reynolds the next afternoon.

The 9 pound 7 ounce triggerfish beat the 5-year-old record by 1.88 ounces, but fell short of the 4 ounces required to overtake a historic record. This standing Queen Triggerfish record was held by Marc Heiden of Florence, SC, weighed 9 pounds 5.12 ounces, and was caught in January 2006.

source: South Carolina DNR

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