Colquitt Co. girl lands a whopper -, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Colquitt Co. girl lands a whopper

Seven year old Hannah Autry and her prize  (Angela Parten) Seven year old Hannah Autry and her prize (Angela Parten)

Seven year old Hannah Autry landed a fish that really put her strength and perseverance to the test, in a Colquitt County pond.

Though an exact weight was not established, family members put the approximate weight at about 12 pounds.

Her mother, Angela Parten, tells WALB that Hannah's 'Papa' held onto the girl to prevent her being pulled into the drink, but that Hannah hauled the prize in by herself.

Hannah kept the fish long enough for a picture to be made as documentation, and then it was released back into the water.

Outdoors expert Jerry Nolan examined the photograph and concluded that the fish is a large mouth bass,  and ought to weigh at least 12 pounds. "That's a beauty! I'd say it's a good 12 pounds. I've never caught a bass that big."

If you are out with your fishing pole this weekend, be mindful of others out for the same purpose, or for pleasure boating. The Georgia DNR would like for everyone to be familiar with state laws.

And personal water craft will be in abundance this weekend. "The likelihood of a boating accident increases on Memorial Day weekend," said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. "Rivers and lakes are loaded with boats, and the boaters are oftentimes loaded on alcohol."

In 2013, there were 4,062 accidents with 560 deaths, 2,620 injuries, and approximately $39 million dollars of property damage as a result of recreational boating accidents, according to the US Coast Guard (USCG).

There are an estimated 12 million recreational vessels registered in the United States. However, only seven in ten (72%) owners in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee have boat insurance, according to a recent AAA Consumer Pulse™ survey.





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