New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced that a new state record fish – the third this year – was caught in August, breaking a longstanding record for longnose gar.
Michael Gatus, of Hoosick Falls, caught a 14 lb., 10 oz., longnose gar from the South bay of Lake Champlain in Washington County on Aug. 18 using chunk bait. The catch broke the 1999 New York State record by more than 1½ pounds.
Gatus was actually fishing for channel catfish when he bested the state record. » Continue Reading.