Oxford angler lands state record for freshwater drum
Oxford’s Jonathan Wilkerson has recorded a new freshwater fish state record after landing a 23-pound, 8-ounce drum from Kerr Reservoir March 20.
Wilkerson, fishing with a plastic fluke on 10-pound test, caught the drum in Beaver Pond Creek while bottom fishing for striped bass.
Wilkerson initially caught it and put it back in the water to revive it before it swam off. But it didn’t get far, floating belly up a short distance away.
Wilkerson had the drum weighed on certified scales at Southern States in Oxford and Jessica Baumann, a fisheries biologist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, verified the catch.
The drum exceeds the previous record, set by Brown Summit angler Daniel Stotts in 2007, by 12 ounces.
It is the fourth record drum to come out of Kerr Lake in the last 10 years.
To qualify for a state freshwater fish record, anglers must catch the fish by rod and reel or cane pole, have the fish weighed on a scale certified by the N.C. Department of Agriculture, witnessed by one observer, have the fish identified by a fisheries biologist from the Wildlife Commission, and submit an application with a full, side-view photo of the fish.