The fish John Morgan, 15, of Benton, weighed in at at 18 pounds and 8 ounces. The fish measured a whopping 32 inches long and 22 and a quarter inches in girth. The previous record, a 16 pound 15 ounce fish was set in 2002 by Ronnie Rowland at Ft. Patrick Henry Reservoir.
Morgan caught the new state record fish in a farm pond owned by his grandfather’s friend. He had agreed to help remove a snapping turtle from the pond and was invited to bring a fishing pole along. Morgan didn’t know that this favor would lead to a new state record. After 45 minutes, Morgan had fished a little, caught the turtle and decided to fish for another ten minutes before leaving. He cast again and after a twenty minute struggle, he had the new state record fish on shore.
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