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9-year-old reels in state record and pending world record scamp

Friday, August 5, 2016 - 12:00am

You don’t have to be big to catch a big fish.

Teddy Wingfield, a 9-year-old from Lookout Mountain, Tenn., proved it with the scamp he caught on June 2 while fishing on a charter boat in waters off of Atlantic Beach.

The scamp weighed in at 32 pounds, topping the former state record by nearly 5 pounds. It also outweighs the current world record scamp by 2 pounds, 6 ounces.

The Division of Marine Fisheries has certified Wingfield’s scamp as a state record and he has applied for the world record title.

The former state record, a 12-pound, 1-ounce fish, was also caught off Atlantic Beach in 2012. The current International Game Fish Association all-tackle world record scamp is 29 pounds, 10 ounces. It was caught off Dauphin Island, Ala. in 2000.

It was a family celebration when Teddy Wingfield, left, caught the state record and pending world-record scamp held by his father, Joseph. His brothers, Wilder, 7, and Hank, 5, joined in the merriment.