An East Tennessee angler has etched his name in the record book with a 95-pound paddlefish.
Gene Armstrong of Hawkins County was fishing in Cherokee Lake on April 12 when he snagged the giant fish in 60-70 feet of water.
After finally landing it he contacted Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officials and began the process of getting the fish certified as a state record. The 69.6-inch fish was officially deemed the new paddlefish record of Class A Sport Fishing Method.
State records are kept for just about every species of fish -- both game-fish and non-game-fish -- in a variety of categories. For a complete list of the records, or for information about how to submit a record entry, check the Tennessee Fishing Guide, available at most outdoors outlets.
The TWRA also has a Tennessee Angler Recognition Program which issues certificates for prize catches.
Trap team signups: Ben Schade encourages Wilson County youngsters interested in the shooting sports to sign up for the interscholastic trap-shooting team he is organizing.
The team, the Cedar City Straights, is open to youngsters age nine through high school, and will compete in state, regional and national competitions.
Training will be held at the Cedar City Gun Club. For information call Ben Schade at 615-478-8019.
Elk applications: Dates for applying for an elk hunt permit coincide with other big-game quote hunt applications: June 11-July 23. Information is posted at tnwildlife.org
BUI boating warning: With the recreational boating season underway, and more boats on area waters than ever, the TWRA issues a reminder about Boating Under the Influence.
Operating a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is as serious a violation as operating a vehicle on the highway under the influence, and carries stiff penalties.
For details about the state's boating rules and regulations check out the Tennessee Boating Guide, available at most outdoors outlets.
July 23: deadline for WMA quota hunt applications
July: Tennessee Trapping & Hunting Guide available
August: Squirrel season opens
Sept. 1: Dove season open
Sept. 27: Deer archery season opens
Oct. 11-26: fall turkey season
Nov. 8: deer muzzleloader season opens
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