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Va. woman catches new state record freshwater drum

Thursday - 8/9/2012, 3:46am  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Martinsville woman has nabbed a new record freshwater drum.

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries says its state record fish committee has certified the new record for Nancy Cash's drum that weighed 26 pounds, 8 ounces. The fish was 38.5 inches long.

Cash caught the fish at Buggs Island Lake on July 10. She battled it for 15 minutes before her fishing partner was able to net it and bring it in. The fish was taken to Bobcat's Bait and Tackle in Clarksville where fisheries biologist Vic DiCenzo was able to confirm its species, size and weight.

The previous record was 22 pounds, 6 ounces, caught in Kerr Reservoir in 2008.

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