Aug. 27, 2007
Raleigh, N.C. — A Granite Falls angler has set the white crappie
state record, just three months after the N.C. Wildlife Resources
Commission opened a new category for the fish.
Eddie Braswell holds up his record-setting
NC WRC Photo
Eddie Braswell reeled in the record-setting white crappie, which
weighed 1 pound, 8 ounces and measured 14 inches in length, on Aug.
15 while fishing at High Rock Lake. He was using a Wally Marshall
rod, Shimano 2000 reel and a Bass Assassin lure as bait.
Since he retired from the Commission in 2004, Braswell fishes for
crappie approximately 70 days a year, and starting in March or
April, he tries to fish at least twice a week. While he fishes Lakes
Rhodhiss, Hickory and Norman from time to time, he favors the
crappie fishing in High Rock Lake.
His latest catch is the biggest white crappie he has ever caught or
seen, so he was anxious to get it in the boat, on ice and to
certified scales to see if he had set the new record.
The fish was weighed on certified scales at Food Lion on Hickory
Boulevard, in Hudson. Bob Brown, a fisheries biologist with the
Commission, verified the catch.
In May, the Commission created a new white crappie state record
category after separating the general crappie state record into
white and black crappie. The existing crappie record, which was
broken in 1980, was a 4-pound, 15-ounce black crappie caught from
Asheboro City Lake #4.
To qualify for a state record, anglers must have caught the fish on
a hook and line, have the fish weighed on a certified scale
witnessed by one observer, have the fish positively identified by a
fisheries biologist from the Commission and submit an application
with a full, side-view photo of the fish.
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