A black crappie caught Tuesday by Tennessee angler Jam Ferguson tipped the scale at 5 pounds, 4 ounces – a whopper by crappie standards.
So big that the catch could net Ferguson state and world records.
He reeled in the hefty slab during an evening bite on a local pond in the community of Paint Rock, according to Scout.com.
Realizing that he might have a record catch, he weighed the fish Tuesday night, and again Wednesday on a certified scale. He also notified the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
The Tennessee record stands at 4 pounds, 4 ounces. The International Game Fish Assn. lists the world record as a 5-pound crappie reeled from a private lake in Missouri in 2006.
Ferguson’s record submissions will require approval, in a process that can take several weeks, before any new records can become official.
Black crappie are scrappy fighters and highly sought by light—tackle anglers. They’re native to the eastern U.S., but because of extensive transplanting they’re found throughout much of the country and in parts of Canada.
–Images showing Jam Ferguson posing with his record-size crappie are courtesy of Jam Ferguson via Scout.com