New York father, daughter set freshwater drum records in N.Y., Vermont

Joseph Whalen Jr.'s state record freshwater drum. (Vermont Fish and Wildlife)

RUTLAND, Vt. – Vermont Fish and Wildlife recently announced that two fish caught in 2016 have been certified as new state records, marking the 14th and 15th state records that have been set for individual species of fish since 2010.

John Konya of Bradford caught a record bluegill in August while fishing with a nightcrawler and silver spinner on Miller Pond in West Fairlee. The fish weighed 1.98 pounds, measured 12.25 inches long and had a girth of 12.5 inches. The previous record was caught in Lake Champlain in 2008 and weighed 1.93 pounds.

In September, New York angler Joseph Whalen Jr. landed the new Vermont record freshwater drum while fishing in the mid-lake area of Lake Champlain. The drum weighed 25.54 pounds, measured 34.5 inches in length and was 26.5 inches around at its widest point.

Whalen’s daughter, Amelia, also caught the current New York state record freshwater drum in 2016. That fish, caught on Lake Champlain but on the New York side of the lake, weighed in at 29.87 pounds and measured 36.5 inches in length, so slightly larger than the Vermont-record fish caught by her father.

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