NEWS RELEASE #05 - 108 June 6, 2005 DNR News (803) 734-3950
S.C. RECORDS SET IN MAY FOR COBIA, BLACKFIN TUNA
New South Carolina marine gamefish records were set this May for both cobia and blackfin tuna.
A 40-pound, 6-ounce blackfin tuna caught by Mark Hartley, 48, of Mt. Pleasant broke the two-year-old record by 2 pounds. Hartley caught the new South Carolina state record fish on May 11 while trolling ballyhoo on 80-pound test line near the Georgetown Hole. He fought the fish for 15 minutes, aboard the "Patriot," captained by Jamie Brown of Mt. Pleasant.
The previous record for blackfin tuna was 38 pounds, 6 ounces caught may 26, 2003 by John E. Frick of Spartanburg.
Also this month, Steve Schladen, 61, of Lake Barrington, IL caught a new state record cobia on May 13, weighing 87 pounds, 12 ounces. Schladen broke the previous state record by more than a pound. He fought the fish for one hour, 20 minutes, on 20-pound test line while sight-fishing squid in the Broad River in Beaufort County, aboard the "Izzy-A," captained by Greg Clark of Hilton Head.
Ken Weiss, of Atlanta, GA held the previous cobia record of 86 pounds, 8 ounces, caught Masy 8, 2004, also in the Broad River.
The Marine Resources Division of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in Charleston maintains state records for 67 species of saltwater fish. Saltwater fish weighing less than 50 pounds must break the existing record by 4 ounces; fish 50 to 100 pounds must break the old record by 8 ounces; and fish more than 100 pounds must exceed the previous record by 16 ounces. State record fish must be caught by sporting methods in accordance with state and federal laws.
According to Tom Dupre', who administers the marine game fish state records program for the DNR, anyone catching a potential state record must have it weighed on certified scales with two witnesses and should immediately contact the DNR Marine Resources Division at (843) 953-9365. State saltwater game fish records are available on the DNR Web site at http://www.dnr.state.sc.us/marine/saltrecs/saltrec.html.
- Written by G. Michael Willis -