An Orange County fisherman earlier this month caught a 60-pound Striped Bass in the Hudson River—a new record, the state Department of Environmental Conservative said today.
Eric Lester of Campbell Hall caught a 60 pound female striped bass measuring 53.4 inches in length and 33 inches in girth on May 14 near Newburgh, the DEC said. It easily broke the former record of 55 pounds 6 ounces, set in 2007.
“This is a remarkable new record catch,” said DEC commissioner Joseph Martens in a statement. “I congratulate Mr. Lester on his success and determination in catching the largest recorded inland Striped Bass in New York and encourage others to take advantage of the many outstanding fishing opportunities New York has to offer.”
Lester was alone when he caught the fish, the DEC said. As the fish fought, the reel came off his rod, but he was able to fix it and reel it in.
DEC biologists estimated the fish to be at least 20 years old.
Lester submitted details of his winning fish as part of DEC’s Angler Achievement Awards Program, which tracks state record fish, DEC said.