Angler catches redfish that was tagged 21 years ago

Photo: USFWS

Georgetown Coastal Adventures’ Captain Dan Scarborough took Andy Ball and his friends out to target large red drum.

The friends got what they came for – including a three-and-a-half-foot bull red that topped out at 30 pounds, which Ball reeled in after a challenging fight.

The fishermen could tell it had been caught before: a plastic yellow tag protruded from the spottail’s back.

Andy Ball contacted SCDNR’s tagging coordinator, Morgan Hart, to report the tag number and details of the red drum he’d recaptured. When Hart ran the fish’s history, she was amazed – it had first been tagged over 21 years prior.

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