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June 11, 2009

Catch lands Tennessee angler new state record for Blacktip Shark

The marine game fish record for a blacktip shark was recently dismantled by a visiting angler from the Volunteer State.

Daniel Rowe of Gray, Tenn., caught a 163-pound, 14-ounce blacktip shark on June 6 in Port Royal Sound to claim the new state record, beating the old record, which was set back in 1968 by angler Bruce Weldon of Beaufort, by more than 30 pounds.

Rowe, 35, was experiencing his first-ever saltwater fishing trip with owner and charter boat captain Reese "Chip" Michalove of "Outcast" Charters, aboard his twin outboard 26-foot Glacier Bay Catamaran. Rowe was also enjoying the days fishing with his good friend and fellow thrill seeker Brain Glover of Johnson City, Tenn. The record fish was a fighter, and it took Rowe about 45 minutes to land the big fish, using a 7-foot Ugly Stick rod paired with a Shimano reel and barracuda for bait. Michalove knew this was the largest blacktip he had ever seen in his many years of fishing, and decided to weigh the shark at Benny Hudson Seafood on Hilton Head Island. The new state record shark was verified by Katie Hart and Al Stokes, biologists with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

For a current listing of South Carolina’s State Record Marine Game fish, visit the DNR Web site at www.dnr.sc.gov/fish/saltrecs/records.html, contact Amy Dukes with the DNR Office of Fisheries Management at DukesA@dnr.sc.gov, or call (843) 953-9365.

South Carolina's natural resources are essential" for economic development and contribute nearly $30 billion and 230,000 jobs to the state's economy. Find out why "Life's Better Outdoors" at: www.dnr.sc.gov/green/index.html.

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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