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New Queen Triggerfish Record Set for Second Time in Two Months

Georgia’s fishing community has a new champion. Brian C. Richburg, 29, of Brunswick, has set a new state record for the queen triggerfish (Balistes vetula) with an impressive catch weighing 9 pounds, 6.24 ounces. Richburg achieved this feat May 17, 2024, while fishing offshore near the South Ledge in about 180 feet of water.

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Richburg’s record-breaking queen triggerfish surpasses the previous state record of 7 pounds, 0.58 ounces, set by Ryan R. Simons of Richmond Hill just last month in April. The significant increase in weight demonstrates Richburg’s skill and the rich marine life present in Georgia’s offshore waters.

The queen triggerfish are known for their vibrant colors and distinctive shape. Richburg’s catch not only sets a new benchmark for Georgia’s saltwater fishing records but also highlights the excellent fishing opportunities available in the region.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) verified the weight and species of Richburg’s catch, officially recognizing it as the new state record today. Representatives from DNR’s Coastal Resources Division certified the weight Monday at DNR’s Coastal Regional Headquarters in Brunswick.

“We are excited to congratulate Brian on this extraordinary achievement,” said Tyler Jones, CRD’s public information officer and coordinator of the Georgia Saltwater Game Fish Records program. “Records like this inspire other anglers and showcase the diverse and thriving marine life in Georgia’s coastal waters.”

DNR congratulates Richburg on his new record. His achievements will be recognized with a certificate signed by Governor Brian Kemp, DNR Commissioner Walter Rabon, and CRD Director Doug Haymans. Nis name will also be featured in the next Georgia Sport Fishing Regulations Guide and online at as long as his record stands.

DNR reminds all anglers to follow best practices for ethical and responsible fishing, including proper handling and release of fish that are not intended for consumption. Tools like descending devices can help reduce barotrauma in deep-water fishes and improve their chance of survival after being released. For information on descending devices and other best fishing practices, visit the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s webpage at

Anglers in Georgia are required to have a valid recreational fishing license, free Saltwater Information Permit (SIP), and to follow size and possession limits for various species. State saltwater record program rules and regulations can be found at

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