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Man catches record breaking fish
West Henrietta, NY - A West Henrietta man caught a record breaking fish from Irondequoit Bay.
James VanArsdall caught the fish on June 14, 2014.
The freshwater drum measured 33.5 inches and weighed 26 pounds 9 ounces and breaks the previous state record by more than 2 pounds.
"This latest state record is another great example of how New York continues to provide excellent fishing opportunities and they continue to grow under Governor Cuomo's NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative," said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens. "From the Great Lakes to Long Island and everything in between, the possibilities are endless for eager anglers."
Freshwater drum are also referred to as "sheepshead" and primarily dwell in large rivers and lakes.
Their pronounced blunt head allow them to be easily identified.
Mr. VanArsdall submitted details of his winning catch as part of DEC's Angler Achievement Awards Program, which tracks state record fish.
Through this program, anglers can enter freshwater fish that meet specific qualifying criteria and receive official recognition of their catch and a distinctive lapel pin commemorating their achievement.
For more information visit: DEC.ny.gov