New Tennessee State Fishing Record

NASHVILLE --- Knoxville resident Roy Hawk will always remember the date of Feb. 16, 2009 as the day that he accomplished the unique feat of establishing two new state fishing records. The record fish were caught within a span of four hours in the South Holston River.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency confirms that Hawk's new standards are for the black redhorse and northern hogsucker. The black redhorse weighed 3 pounds, 1 ounce and was 19 3/4 inches long and the catch time was 10:30 a.m. Four hours later, Hawk caught the northern hogsucker, which weighed 2 pounds, 9 ounces and was 18 1/4 inches in length.   Hawk used 6-pound test line on a 6-foot, 6-inch rod with a shimano reel. The state record entry is the first for the black redhorse. Hawk's northern hogsucker record breaks Dianna Moore's previous record of 1 lb., 3 oz., caught on the Nolichucky River in 2007.   The new marks make three records that Hawk has set in the past year. He set the record for the gizzard shad last April, only to see the record broken in December by Preston Taylor III, of Bristol, on the Holston in Sullivan County.   The criteria to be considered for a state record fish along with the new record application and instructions, state records and fishing license information are in the 2009 TWRA Tennessee Fishing Guide. Information is also available on the TWRA Web site at  by clicking on "Fishing" located on the left side of the home page. ---TWRA---