New Yorker Lands State Freshwater Drum Record

Photo provided by James VanArsdall

If you're hoping to catch a state record fish this season, New York is looking like it's the lucky state to drop a line.

Last week the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced that for the second time this year it will have the pleasure of recognizing a state record fish.

The DEC declared James VanArsdall's 26-pound, 9-ounce sheepshead from the Irondequoit Bay (Lake Ontario) to be the new freshwater drum record. The West Henrietta angler caught the 33.5-inch sheepshead on June 14, dethroning the nearly decade-old 24.5-pound record held by Gregory Netto of West Henrietta in Chaumont Bay on June 8, 2005.

Also entering New York's record books this year will be the 60-pound, 53.4-inch striped bass Eric Lester of Campbell Hall caught on May 14 in the Hudson River.

New York state's anglers have more than lucky waters on their side this season: made available through Governor Cuomo's NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative, sportsman this season can enjoy free use of the New York Fish & Wildlife Mobile App, which "provides up-to-date information on fishing, hunting, wildlife watching and other outdoor adventure opportunities," according to Long Island News.

The downloadable app is just one example of how state wildlife programs are using technology to help residents engage more regularly with the outdoors.

And if you believe you've caught a fish that could be the third record fish for New York in 2014, simply use the app to check current record information and read the guidelines for submitting your fish for official review.

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