Heiden, 41, of Florence, SC caught a 9-pound, 5.12-ounce Queen
Triggerfish to claim the new
record on January 12. Heiden was bottom-fishing off the coast of
Murrells Inlet with a double-bottom rig, using a cigar minnow and
30-pound test line. The skilled angler was also captaining his boat
“Bite Marc”, and took only 3 minutes to land the record fish.
Heiden’s catch dismantles the previous SC state record for Queen
Triggerfish, which was held by Joseph Schroer, of Pawley’s Island.
On January 1, 2004, Schroer caught a 7-pound, 13.3-ounce Queen
Triggerfish off of Georgetown.
The Marine Resources Division of the S.C. Department of Natural
in Charleston maintains state records for 67 species of saltwater
fish. Saltwater fish weighing less than 50 pounds must break the
existing record by 4 ounces; fish 50 to 100 pounds must break the
old record by 8 ounces; and fish more than 100 pounds must exceed
the previous record by 16 ounces. State record fish must be caught
by sporting methods in accordance with state and federal laws