Georgia Angler Sets Two Line Class Records


International Gamefish Association December 26, 2000

DANIA BEACH, FL The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) has announced the approval of 2 new freshwater line class records for 4- and 20-pound test lines.

On April 10, 2000, Thomas Elkins of Fayetteville, Georgia caught a 3-pound, 12-ounce striped bass in Clarks Hill Lake, Georgia on 4-pound test line, filling the vacant line class category. On May 8, 2000, Thomas caught a 14-pound, 11-ounce striped bass in Allatoona Lake, Georgia on 20-pound test line, filling yet another vacant category.

There are still 9 vacant Georgia state line class records in the 4-, 12- and 20-pound line classes for largemouth bass, striped bass, whiterock bass, bluegill and channel catfish. A complete list of eligible record species in each state is available free of charge. State record application forms are also available from IGFA at no charge. There is no fee for IGFA members to submit state record applications. Non-members are charged an application fee of $35, which includes all processing and administrative costs, a state record certificate, and a year membership in IGFA.

The IGFA State Line Class Record Program is separate from each state's all-tackle record program, where rules vary from state to state. Anglers are allowed to release their potential record catches alive after weighing, photographing and measuring the fish. IGFA is a non-profit, membership-supported, conservation and record-keeping organization founded in 1939 with members in more than 120 countries. The association welcomes visitors to the 60,000 square foot IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum in Dania Beach, Florida. For further information, contact Mike Myatt at the International Game Fish Association, 300 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach, Florida 33004, (954) 927-2628, Fax (954) 924-4299, email: