Saturday, September 3, 2016

smallmouth was initially reported as 8.15 pounds

The fish was caught around 7 a.m. on Sunday morning August 28, 2016 in the St. Lawrence River near Cape Vincent. At the time the conditions were calm with overcast skies and 70-degree air temperature and a water temperature of 74 degrees. Patrick saw a large fish arch in 35 feet of water on his Humminbird fishfinder and was able to mark the arch and drive back over it, enabling him to catch the fish using the dropshot technique. Cape Vincent, New York sponsored by the Cape Vincent Chamber of Commerce.
Patrick’s smallmouth was initially reported as 8.15 pounds. The tournament scales were sent out for a recertification due to the possibility of a state record fish. After getting the recertified scales back, Patrick’s fish actually was found to weigh in at 8 pounds, 4 ounces. This tied the New York state smallmouth record set in 1995 by Andrew Kartesz. The fish measured 21 1/2 inches long and had a girth of 20 3/4 inches around. After weighing, measuring and photographing the fish, it was successfully released back into the river alive to continue to grow.?

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