The Georgia Department of Natural Resources announced today that a new men's record for the heaviest pinfish, Lagodon rhomboides, has been set by angler Ty Cobb of Pooler, GA.
On July 22, Cobb caught a pinfish while fishing the Grand Banks off Savannah with Captain Dan De Young on the Screamin’ Barnacle. Once boated, the fish appeared large enough to challenge the current state record. The fish was brought to Russo’s Seafood in Savannah where it weighed 1-pound, 15 ounces on a certified scale.
Cobb’s catch breaks the current pinfish record of 1-pound 9 ounces held by Will Ricks since 2012. According to the Gamefish Record Program rules, for fish under 20 pounds, the record must be bested by 4-ounces of more.
A listing of the rules and current men's and women's records can be found at www.CoastalGADNR.org/RecreationalFishing, along with information on how to submit a fish for consideration. In addition to an accurate weight, it's important to provide several photographs of the fish along with the application. There are also minimum weights for several species.
Anglers wishing to enter a fish for a new state record must be sure to have the fish weighed on a Georgia Department of Agriculture certified scale in the presence of at least one witness. Anglers should first check with local seafood markets then grocery stores and feed-and-seed stores. During business hours, anglers can have their catch weighed at the Coastal Regional Headquarters in Brunswick. For more information, contact the Coastal Resources Division at (912) 264-7218.