Cody Hopkins broke the 42-year-old waterbody white crappie document on Georgia’s Allatoona Lake, and he did it with the third fish he ever caught whereas fishing the lake. Hopkins moved to Canton, Georgia on December 4, 2021, after changing into the caretaker at Cushing Memorial Park, which is positioned on the north facet of Allatoona Lake, a 12,000-acre lake located to the north of Atlanta. The lake is usually recognized for its noticed and largemouth bass fishing however clearly holds some monster panfish as properly.
Hopkins had solely caught two fish whole on earlier outings when he went fishing together with his stepbrother Zack McDowell on the afternoon of February 10. They had been fishing from a dock at Cushing Memorial Park that was in about 10-feet of water. Hopkins dropped a 5-foot chief beneath a bobber and used a minnow for bait. Hopkins was utilizing a 3-foot Zebco Dock Demon spooled with 4-pound-test line.
Hopkins and McDowell had been coping with windy situations, and the fishing was gradual for the primary hour. At round 4:00 p.m., Hopkins solid out his bait and waited for the wind to push the bobber again to the dock. The bobber was practically on the dock when it plunged.
“As quickly as I set the hook, I instantly knew it was one thing big,” Hopkins told Georgia Outdoor News (GON). “I’m sitting there reeling, reeling, reeling, and the drag goes nuts. I in all probability fought him a very good 5 minutes. As soon as I acquired him near the floor, and we noticed him, my brother grabbed the online and scooped him up. I dropped the rod, and I used to be sitting there shaking like loopy. I’ve by no means seen a crappie that massive.”
The next day, Hopkins acquired the crappie formally weighed at an area butcher store. A Georgia Wildlife Sources Division (GWRD) biologist verified that the fish was, in truth, a white crappie and never a black crappie. The slab weighed 3-pounds, 4.24-ounces, which simply beat out the longstanding GON waterbody document for Allatoona Lake, which was a 2-pound, 12-ounce fish caught by Alan Brown in 1980. GON’s Lake and Rivers Records program is distinct from the GWRD’s State Record Fish program, although it nonetheless requires that fish are verified by DNR personnel. The present Georgia state document white crappie is a 5-pounder that was caught in a Bibb County pond in 1984.