Woman lands record crappie on 35th wedding anniversary

A Tennessee woman celebrating her 35th wedding anniversary last weekend reeled in a 3-pound white crappie to establish a lake record.

Beverly Shaw and her husband were fishing at J. Percy Priest Lake with Brian Carper’s Guide Service when the 17-inch crappie struck. It was the largest white crappie ever landed at the 42-mile-long reservoir in north-central Tennessee.

Guide Eric Dickens boasted about the catch Sept. 5 on Facebook:

“Ok, just got the fish weighed on a certified scale. Miss Beverly Shaw on my trip yesterday afternoon has officially got the Percy Priest white crappie lake record. Coming in at a certified 3 pounds.”

For comparison, the Tennessee state record is a 5-pound, 1-ounce white crappie caught at Garner Brown’s Pond in 1968.

The state record for black crappie stands at 5 pounds, 7 ounces.