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June 26, 2008

Twenty-one year White Perch state record is tied

Results are in and the South Carolina Freshwater State Record for white perch has been tied.  Due to the extreme size of the catch, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) completed genetic certification that the 1 pound 15.2 ounce white perch caught near the Allison Creek boat ramp on Lake Wylie was not a hybrid of some sort.

With conclusive evidence now in hand, Mr. Rodger Taylor of Rock Hill has officially been listed as a co-holder of the state record.  At approximately 9 a.m. the morning of January 21, 2007, Mr. Taylor was able to catch the record tying fish using a small piece of cut shad on a single #6 hook with split shot. 
 
The previous holder of the record was Mr. Chris Epting of Chapin, SC who caught a 1 pound 13.5 ounce white perch over 21 years earlier on January 12, 1986. Due to variations in scales and timing in which official weights are taken, to replace an existing state record for fish weighing less than 25 pounds, one’s catch must exceed the previous weight by more than 2 ounces. Anything less during the official weight is considered a tie and the applicant becomes listed as a co-holder of the state record. 
 
To report your record breaking catch, an Affidavit for Record Freshwater Game Fish must be completed and submitted to the DNR no more than 45 days after the catch.

To purchase your South Carolina freshwater fishing license and start your quest for the next record breaking fish call 1-866-714-3611.

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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