New World Record Blue Tilapia

Florida Blue Tilapia New World Record

new world and state record talapia

Photo courtesy of Pam Henry

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) recently certified a 9.6-pound, 24 inches long blue tilapia as a new state record. Pamela Henry of Stuart caught the big fish from her dock fishing at night using bread balls as bait last August in the south fork of the St. Lucie River in Martin County. The International Game Fish Association also issued the all-tackle world record for the species to Henry. “I’ve been fishing my whole life, so it was always my mission to catch a record blue tilapia,” said Henry. “I had researched the minimum weight, so I knew what I was looking for.”
Blue tilapia, abundant throughout central and south Florida, feed primarily on plankton. The white, flaky meat and mild flavor make tilapia excellent eating. Farm-raised tilapia are often sold in grocery stores. Some anglers catch them in ponds, using bread balls, small pieces of hot dogs, dog food or live worms. Draw plankton and game fish to your dock with underwater LED dock lights. Thanks to the FWC for the information in this story.


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