AR: Tilapia record part of the family

NORTH LITTLE ROCK – The tilapia tradition continues.

Sheila Easterly of Little Rock caught a 3-pound, 8-ounce tilapia
Oct. 26 on Camp Robinson in Pulaski County. Her fish topped the
previous mark of 3 pounds, 7 ounces caught by Dennis Show of North
Little Rock Oct. 9, 2008.

Catching record tilapia is in Easterly’s blood. She set the state
record at 1 pound, 12 ounces Sept. 5, 2004, while fishing at Lake
Hogue. Herman Hangii, Sheila’s father, caught a 1-pound, 14-ounce
tilapia Sept. 18, 2004, that broke his daughter’s record. Phillip
Easterly, Sheila’s late husband, topped his father-in-law’s catch
with a 2-pound, 4-ounce fish from Mallard Lake Sept. 24, 2005. The
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission stocked lakes Hogue and Mallard
with tilapia, which die when water temperature drops, usually
during late November.

Easterly said she weighed the latest record at Joey B’s Grocery in
Little Rock. It was identified by several AGFC fisheries
biologists.

Several anglers held the record between 2005 and Easterly’s
most-recent mark.

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