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For Immediate Release
Ron Messina, 804-350-6186

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State Record Fish Committee Confirms New State Record Freshwater Drum

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) State Record Fish Committee has certified a new state record freshwater drum caught by Nancy Cash of Martinsville. Her huge fish weighed in at 26 pounds, 8 ounces, and was 38.5 inches long. Cash caught the record fish at Buggs Island Lake on July 10th, 2012. She hooked the monster drum on a Sting Silver Spoon and battled it for 15 minutes before her fishing partner Jimmy Cannoy was able to get a net under it and bring it into the boat. The record freshwater drum was taken to Bobcat's Bait and Tackle in Clarksville where VDGIF Fisheries Biologist Vic DiCenzo was able to confirm the species, size, and weight of the fish. Cash's catch easily surpassed the previous record of 22 pounds 6 ounces caught in Kerr Reservoir in 2008.

For a complete list of the current State Record Freshwater Fish, visit the Department's web site at