State record skipjack caught in Mason County
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A state record skipjack was caught by Zachary Hankins of Chesapeake, Ohio on May 7. Hankins caught the 19.21-inch, 2.64-pound fish on a crappie jig while fishing from a boat below the R.C. Byrd Lock and Dam tailwater on the Ohio River in Mason County.
Hankins’ skipjack establishes a West Virginia record for length and weight, exceeding the 19.1-inch skipjack that Howard Neal Craig caught last year on the Ohio River. The record also exceeded a 2.61-pound fish caught by Steve Skeens from the Kanawha River in 2002.
Anglers who believe that they have caught a state record fish should check the record listing in the 2013 Fishing Regulations brochure. The brochure also outlines the procedure to follow for reporting their catch. This information also is available online at www.wvdnr.gov.
Right: Zachary Hankins displays the skipjack he caught on the Ohio River in Mason County.
Bret Preston, Assistant Chief, Wildlife Resources