John McCoy is the Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette’s award-winning outdoors writer. His "Woods & Waters" page appears weekly in the Sports section of the Sunday Gazette-Mail.
In 32 years of outdoors writing, John has had articles published in Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, Bowhunter, North American Whitetail, Hatches and other publications. His works have earned more than 50 state, regional and national awards for writing and photography.
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From the Associated Press:
POTEAU, Okla. (AP) — A Poteau man is Oklahoma’s new record holder for a largemouth bass.
Angler Benny Williams Jr. was on a camping trip Friday near Cedar Lake in southeast Oklahoma when he caught the fish, which weighed 14 pounds and 12.3 ounces, and was 26 inches long. The previous state record of 14 pounds and 11.52 ounces has been held since 1999.
Gene Gilliland of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation told KJRH-TV that Cedar Lake has produced several fish that weigh in the double digits in the past five years.
Anglers who believe they may have hooked a record fish must weigh it on an Oklahoma State Department of Agriculture certified scale, and a Wildlife Department employee must verify the weight.