9.6 pound blue tilapia caught in Florida is largest ever in state waters

1:05 PM, Feb 14, 2011   |    comments
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Stuart, Florida - 24 inches and 9.6 pounds - that's enough to rank a record!
Pamela Henry hauled in a nearly 10 pound blue tilapia last August.  

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) said it recently certified the fish as the largest caught recreationally in Florida waters.

Henry told FWC she was fishing off her dock in the south fork of the St. Lucie River in Martin County when she caught the big fish.  And get this -- she was using a bread ball and was fishing at night.

"I've been fishing my whole life, so it was always my mission to catch a record blue tilapia," said Henry. "I had researched the minimum weight, so I knew what I was looking for."

Henry also hooked an international award with the catch - she's been issued the International Game Fish Association's all-tackle world record for the species.

Henry also takes part in FWC's Freshwater Big Catch Angler Recognition Program where anglers are recognized for "Big Catches."

Florida Fish and Wildlife contributed to this report.

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