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Gordon County woman reels in quite the catch, sets Georgia record

ROME, Ga. — A Georgia woman o-fish-ally holds a statewide record after going fishing in the Coosa River over the weekend.

Rachel Harrison from Adairsville was fishing near Rome on Saturday when she caught a longnose gar that weighed in at a whopping 31 lbs., 2 oz. It measured right at five feet long.

According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, this is enough to set a new state record. The previous record for a longnose gar was 30 lbs., 13 oz. and was set in 2013.

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DNR officials say this is also the third new statewide record in just four months.

“Congrats to Rachel Harrison! State records do not get broken every day, so for Georgia to have three new records in this short time span just shows you that our waters are producing great fish right now,” said Scott Robinson, Chief of Fisheries for the Wildlife Resources Division.

The department explains that the longnose gar are largely considered relics from a large group of primitive fishes.

The longnose gar has an elongated body and a long, narrow snout lined with sharp teeth. They prefer weedy areas of lakes and streams and primarily feed on other fish.


Harrison’s fin-tastic, record breaking catch reminds us all that any-fin is possible with the right amount of luck.