Young fisherman breaks his own record

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Patrick Green of Manila set a record in July catching a tilapia at Mallard weighing in at one pound and eight ounces.

Records are made to be broken and Green broke his own record with his one pound and 11 ounce catch on Sunday, Aug. 15.

Green is 14 years old and a student at Manila. He spent a lot of time fishing during his summer vacation and is excited about setting a state record.

The tilapia was weighed by James Foster, biologist with the Fish and Wildlife Service. It was weighed at Pro Hardware in Manila. The fish measured 13 inches long.

The paperwork will be sent to the Game and Fish for certification.

Foster said 20,000 tilapia was released at Mallard Lake in May. The fish grow fast. This is the largest one reported at Mallard.

Green was fishing off the bank using red worms for bait. He said he tried to catch the same fish on Saturday but it managed to get away. He went back on Sunday morning with no luck but managed to catch the large tilapia on Sunday evening.

Green said he has caught a lot this summer with an average weight of a pound each.

"They are delicious to eat," Green said.

Patrick's grandfather, J.C. Green said the tilapia's need to be fried a little longer.

Green said he would like to break the record one more time and catch a three-pound one before the season is over.

Tilapia is native to Africa and cannot survive during Arkansas' cold winter months.

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