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Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor
Frank Jezioro, Director

News Release: June 7, 2013

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Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer (304) 957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov

Contact:

Bret Preston, Assistant Chief, Wildlife Resources, 304-558-2771 bret.a.preston@wv.gov


State record skipjack caught in Mason County

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A state record skipjack was caught by Zachary Hankins of Chesapeake, Ohio on May 7. Hankins caught the 19.21-inch, 2.64-pound fish on a crappie jig while fishing from a boat below the R.C. Byrd Lock and Dam tailwater on the Ohio River in Mason County. 

Hankins’ skipjack establishes a West Virginia record for length and weight, exceeding the 19.1-inch skipjack that Howard Neal Craig caught last year on the Ohio River. The record also exceeded a 2.61-pound fish caught by Steve Skeens from the Kanawha River in 2002.

Anglers who believe that they have caught a state record fish should check the record listing in the 2013 Fishing Regulations brochure. The brochure also outlines the procedure to follow for reporting their catch. This information also is available online at www.wvdnr.gov.

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Zachary Hankins displays the skipjack he caught on the Ohio River in Mason County.
Zachary Hankins displays the skipjack he caught on the Ohio River in Mason County.