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April 29, 2009

New state record for Atlantic Sharpnose Shark

A S.C. female angler established the state’s first Marine Gamefish State Record for her catch of an Atlantic Sharpnose Shark.  

Lori Murphy, of Myrtle Beach, caught a 13 pound 5 ounces Atlantic Sharpnose Shark on Saturday April 18th, off of Murrells Inlet, which adds a record for this species to the Marine Gamefish Record list.  
Murphy, 36, set out at 4:30 a.m. for a fun filled day of fishing with her husband, Sean. The adventurous couple trekked 55 miles offshore from Murrells Inlet to fish near the Winyah Scarp.

Aboard their 21-foot Sea Chaser boat, Lori and Sean first began trolling in hopes of catching a few pelagic species. They landed a dolphin and released another before they tried their luck at bottom fishing. After landing a large Red Grouper, Lori hooked the Atlantic Sharpnose Shark.  She had the shark to the boat in a few short minutes, using her new Blackfin Pro Pink fishing rod paired with a Shimano Torium reel and using squid for bait.  The female shark was a big keeper, and Lori knew that the species had not yet filled its record slot and contacted the S.C. Department of Natural Resources. David Player, a fisheries biologist with the Marine Resources Division in Charleston, met Lori at Seven Sea Seafood in Murrells Inlet to verify and certify the catch.

Contact Program Coordinator Amy Dukes with the Office of Fisheries Management, DukesA@dnr.sc.gov, or call at (843) 953-9365 for more information.

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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