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July 24, 2009

Angler breaks previous white grunt state record

After the first ever state record white grunt was added to the South Carolina saltwater marine game record list, that record has now been broken a second time by a veteran Summerville angler.

Paul C. Godbout caught a 5-pound, 10-ounce white grunt July 16 about 40 miles off the coast of Charleston near the South West Banks.  The new record beats the previous state record, set by Jason Edgerton of Mt. Pleasant, on March 10, 2008, by 10 ounces.

Godbout, 43, headed off shore from Charleston with friends, Trent Lee and Mike Obstfeld, for a fun-filled day of bottom fishing aboard Obstfeld's 24-foot Grady White, the "O-Baby." The three man crew had great success, catching their limit of grouper in just over an hour, including red grouper, scamp, vermillion snapper, red porgy, triggerfish, and the new state record white grunt. Godbout was sure that the white grunt trumped the previous record as soon as it broke the surface. The fish was hooked and landed in about two minutes, using a 5-foot 8-inch Shimano Trevala fishing rod paired with a Shimano Stradic 8000 reel with a live menhaden on a Carolina circle hook 9-ounce weighted rig. Godbout took the big catch to The Charleston Angler's Summerville location to weight the fish on their certified scale. Weigh-master Mike Holtsclaw weighed the fish, and Godbout's wife, Marla, served as the witness. Godbout then brought the fish to the Marine Resources Center, where Amy Dukes, DNR fisheries biologist and State Record Marine Game Fish Program coordinator Amy Dukes verified the new state record. Bryon White, Marine Resources Monitoring, Assessment, and Prediction program (MARMAP) fisheries biologist, determined the white grunt was male, and took samples from the fish to determine the age and maturity of the fish.

Contact Amy Dukes with the Office of Fisheries Management at (843) 953-9365 or email DukesA@dnr.sc.gov for more information on South Carolina’s State Record Marine Game fish

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