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Eight-Year-Old Breaks New York Bass Fishing Record

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When we looked at the list of state fishing records broken in 2019, we were excited to report that numerous fish had been caught by anglers in their teens or younger.

Thirteen-year-old Isaac Vance landed a Utah state record golden trout.

Sixteen-year-old Cole Abshere hauled in a Washington state record channel catfish.

Perhaps the most impressive was eight-year-old Sophie Egizi’s Idaho state catch-and-release Gerard rainbow trout record.

When we look back at the record fish landed in 2020, we will probably be looking at a recent catch by Jason Leusch.

A New York State Fishing Record

Upstate New York reported on June 11th that Jason Leusch, an eight-year-old angler, landed a freshwater fishing record on the morning on May 24th.

The initial story suggests to Leusch was fishing off the dock at his family’s cottage when he hooked on to a fish that would eventually put his name in the record books.

Leusch’s catch, a 2 pound, 14.5 inch rock bass, displaces the previous record by the slightest of margins.

The previous New York state record rock bass — a respectable 1 pound, 15 ounces — was caught by Eric Avogardo in 1984 on the Ramapo River.

According to the story, Leusch caught his record rock bass using fathead minnows on a 5-foot ultralight rod.