Results are in and the South Carolina Freshwater State Record for white perch has been tied. Because of the extreme size of the catch, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources completed genetic certification that the 1 pound, 15.2 ounce white perch caught near the Allison Creek boat ramp on Lake Wylie was not a hybrid of some sort.
With conclusive evidence now in hand, Rodger Taylor of Rock Hill has officially been listed as a co-holder of the state record. At about 9 a.m. Jan. 21, Taylor caught the record tying fish using a small piece of cut shad on a single No. 6 hook with split shot.
The previous holder of the record was Chris Epting of Chapin, who caught a 1 pound, 13.5 ounce white perch more than 21 years earlier on Jan. 12, 1986. Because of variations in scales and timing in which official weights are taken to replace an existing state record for fish weighing fewer than 25 pounds, one's catch must exceed the previous weight by more than 2 ounces. Anything less during the official weight is considered a tie and the applicant becomes listed as a co-holder of the state record.
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DID YOU KNOW? To report your record-breaking catch, an Affidavit for Record Freshwater Game Fish must be completed and submitted to the DNR no more than 45 days after the catch.
To purchase your South Carolina freshwater fishing license and start your quest for the next record breaking fish call (866) 714-3611.
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