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August 14, 2008

Catch lands angler new state record for amberjack

The marine game fish record for an amberjack was recently dismantled by a veteran South Carolina angler.

Lee Frederick, of Murrell's Inlet, caught a 100-pound 8-ounce amberjack on Saturday, Aug. 9 off the South Carolina coast to claim the new state record by a mere 13 ounces. 

Frederick, 37, ventured out from Murrells Inlet with captain Troy Strickland and friend James Moore for an overnight fishing frenzy. Aboard the 34-foot-Crusader, "Killin' Time," the crew headed just northwest of the Georgetown Hole and anchored up in 160 feet of water. Frederick was fishing a Heavy Ugly Stick 6-foot rod with a "Red Face" Penn reel, using a cigar minnow for bait and rigged with a bottom weight on a C-hook when he landed the 66.3-inch (total length) record amberjack catch.

The monster fish was reeled to the boat in about 15 minutes. Frederick's catch tops the previous marine game fish state record holder for an amberjack by 13 ounces, which was set by Shane Kelley in 1998. South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR) biologist Kris Reynolds certified the new state record fish weight at Captain Dick's Marina in Murrell's Inlet, and verified the record fish report to the Marine Resources Division in Charleston.

For a current listing of South Carolina’s State Record Marine Game fish, contact Amy Dukes with the Office of Fisheries Management, DukesA@dnr.sc.gov, or call (843) 953-9365.  

DNR protects and manages South Carolina's natural resources by making wise and balanced decisions for the benefit of the state's natural resources and its people.

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