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State record skipjack caught in Mason County

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. --  An Ohio man has set the West Virginia state record with his skipjack catch in Mason County in May.

Officials said the fish was caught by Zachary Hankins of Chesapeake, Ohio, while fishing from a boat below the R.C. Byrd Lock and Dam tailwater on the Ohio River.

According to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, the skipjack measured 19.21 inches and weighed 2.64 pounds. That's longer than the 19.1-inch skipjack Howard Neal Craig caught last year on the Ohio River and bigger than the 2.61-pound fish caught by Steve Skeens from the Kanawha River in 2002.


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