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    Donivan Echols sets record with black crappie catch

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- A 5-pound black crappie caught by a Mena boy earlier this month has set a new state record in Arkansas.

    The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission said Thursday that 11-year-old Donivan Echols pulled a true slab from the commission's Lake Wilhelmina Caged Fish Facility in Polk County on June 6. A slab is an above-average size crappie.

    Donivan's father, Richard Echols, says he, Donivan and Donivan's uncle were using minnows, but only Donivan was catching any fish.

    Richard Echols says they weighed the catch at a store in Rocky. Lake Wilhelmina manager Ronnie Richardson identified the fish so it could be submitted as a state record.

    The previous record for a black crappie catch was a 4-pound, 9-ounce fish caught by Danny Burfield on March 29, 1976.

    (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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