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June 16, 2008

Angler trumps eleven year African Pompano state record

After 11 years, the S.C. Saltwater State Record for an African Pompano has been dismantled by a visiting angler from Vancouver Washington, during a charter fishing trip off the coast of Charleston. Steve Bagnall, 51, caught the 38 pound African Pompano on June 3rd while enjoying a little down time from a construction project that has him temporarily living in the Charleston area.
Bagnall was fishing with charter boat owner and Captain Mark Brown on the Teaser II, a 45 foot sportfisher out of Shem Creek in Mt. Pleasant. The boat was trolling near the Y73-Reef in about 90 feet of water when they hooked into the fish, boating the fish after a ten minute fight.  He was fishing with a 7 foot Ugly Stick rod paired with a conventional Penn reel and using a green Sea-Witch as bait.  Bagnall’s catch tops the previous marine game fish state record holder for the African Pompano by two and a half pounds, which was set by M. L. Wireman from Charleston in May of 1997.

Bagnall and Brown took the monster fish to Mt. Pleasant Seafood to be weighted, where Joe Shisko, a fish monger at the fish house weighted the fish. Fisheries Biologist and State Record Marine Game Fish Program Coordinator Amy Dukes verified the new state record the following morning.
For more information on State Record Marine Game fish, contact Program Coordinator Amy Dukes with the Office of Fisheries Management at (843) 953-9365 or email DukesA@dnr.sc.gov.

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