By James Clark - email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - It's official; a Lubbock man set a new state record while fishing at Lake Alan Henry. DNA testing shows that the fish caught by Erik Atkins of Lubbock is a Spotted Bass, and, at 5.62-pounds, that breaks the previous record of 5.56 pounds set at Lake O' the Pines in 1966.
According to Texas Parks & Wildlife, Atkins caught the fish during a tournament on January 15th. TPWD says its 22.75 inches in length and 15 inches in girth
TPWD says Atkins will be honored in June and presented with a fiberglass replica of the fish. Unfortunately the fish died shortly after a January 24th statement in which TPWD said it was waiting for DNA results to see if Atkins had broke the state record.
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