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St. Marys woman sets state record for Mutton Snapper

This is the first women’s record for a Mutton Snapper.

The Coastal Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources announced on Tuesday that a new women’s state saltwater gamefish record for Mutton Snapper (Lutjanus analis), landed Aug. 4, 2019, by Janet Monroe about 60 miles east of St. Marys.

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Monroe, of St. Marys, caught the 18-pound, 9.92-ounce Mutton Snapper using a circle hook slip rig with live grunt as bait. This is the first women’s record for a Mutton Snapper. Monroe’s catch was weighed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources in Brunswick using a certified scale.

Monroe will receive a certificate acknowledging her record catch, and the record will be added to the list published at It will also be included in the 2020 Georgia Sport Fishing Regulations guide.

For the current list of men’s and women’s saltwater fishing records, as well as information on how to submit a catch to the Georgia Saltwater Gamefish Record, please visit Applications should include color photographs. There are minimum weights for several species.

Anglers wishing to enter a fish for a new state record must have the fish weighed on a Georgia Department of Agriculture certified scale in the presence of at least one witness. Certified scales can be found at local seafood markets, grocery stores and agricultural supply stores.  During business hours, anglers can have their catch weighed at the Coastal Regional Headquarters, One Conservation Way in Brunswick.

Here’s the most recent record list (as of August 13, 2019)


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