Angler breaks records with 9.6-pound blue tilapia
Pamela Henry had it in her head that she was going to land a record blue tilapia. And the Stuart, Fla., resident did just that, reeling in a 9.6-pound specimen that was not only a new Florida state record but also made the world record books.
"I've been fishing my whole life, so it was always my mission to catch a record blue tilapia," Henry said. "I had researched the minimum weight, so I knew what I was looking for."
The fish, measuring 24 inches long, was recently certified by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission as the largest blue tilapia caught recreationally in state waters.
Additionally, the International Game Fish Assn. issued the all-tackle world record for the species to Henry, who caught the lunker last August while fishing from her dock in the south fork of the St. Lucie River.
A taxidermist is mounting the record-breaking fish, a reminder for Henry of her angling prowess.
-- Kelly Burgess
Photo: Pam Henry was fishing off her dock on Florida's St. Lucie River when she caught this record-breaking blue tilapia. Credit: Pam Henry