Press Release

Outstanding Anglers Recognized for 2013 Fishing Catches!

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/10/2014)

More than 25 anglers were recently recognized by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division with a 2013 angler award for reeling in an outstanding catch. The award program recognizes those who catch fish that meet or exceed a specific weight or length for that particular species.  

“Georgia has outstanding fishing opportunities across the state and this program is just one way to get people excited about catching a great fish,” says John Biagi, chief of fisheries management. “Winners ranged from eight years old to 76 years young and they pulled in all types of species, including 47-pound blue catfish to a 2-pound, 4-ounce yellow perch.”  

The Wildlife Resources Division presented 2013 angler award recipients with a certificate and a hat embroidered with the angler’s name and the species and weight of the fish caught. 

Qualifications for angler awards include: 

  • Catching the fish by legal hook and line sport fish methods in Georgia, 
  • Meeting or exceeding the minimum weight OR length requirements, 
  • Taking the fish to a division fisheries biologist for positive species identification OR including a clear, side-view photo of the fish for identification purposes, 
  • Completing and submitting an angler award application to:  Wildlife Resources Division/Angler Award Application, 2070 U.S. Hwy. 278 SE, Social Circle, GA 30025.  The application is available at www.georgiawildlife.com/fishing/angler-resources.               

Other Fishing Recognition Programs 

  • State Records: In addition to the angler award program, the division also maintains a freshwater fish state-record program for anglers who land a catch that exceeds the existing record catch weight by one ounce or more.                
  • Kids First Fish Certificate: The division wants to recognize children across the state for catching their first fish with the online kid’s first fish award certificate available at www.georgiawildlife.com/fishing/kids-fishing.               

To view the complete list of 2013 award winners and learn about award criteria, visit www.georgiawildlife.com/fishing/angler-resources or contact the nearest Wildlife Resources Division Fisheries Management office.  

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