In May, Florida angler Jimmy Ray Tice set a new state record for shoal bass with a 5.2-pound fish caught on the Apalachicola River.
Tice’s shoal bass is the fourth certified state record since March 2015. The certified weight of 5.2 pounds broke the previous record of 4.85 pounds set by Stewart Mayeaux in September 2015.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologist Andy Strickland met with Mr. Tice to get an official certified weight and measurements, and to have the application notarized. The official measurements were 21.33 inches in total length with a girth of 14.05 inches.
The most abundant population of shoal bass in Florida exists in the Chipola River between the towns of Marianna (Jackson County) and Altha (Calhoun County), according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
source: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission