June 28, 2018
By Game & Fish Online Staff
Two state records in Ohio were caught in May — one by a 9-year-old girl fishing with a nightcrawler, another by a bow angler who bagged a 43-pound fish.
A 9-year-old and a bowfisherman have turned in new state records in Ohio, according the state's wildlife agency.
Both catches came in May, and have been certified by the Outdoor Writers of Ohio State Record Fish Committee, the state Division of Wildlife reported in a news release.
On May 13, 9-year-old SueAnn Newswanger of Shiloh, Ohio, caught a green sunfish out of a private pond that measured 11 inches long and weighed 1.2 pounds. The previous record, caught in 2005, weighed .99 pounds.
Though not confirmed, the state said Newswanger could be the youngest record-holder in the more than 70 years records have been kept.
The young angler caught the record fish on a spincast rod and reel baited with a nightcrawler.
On May 21, Josh Bowmar of Westerville, Ohio, shot a state-record bigmouth buffalo while bowfishing.
The fish, which was caught in Hoover Reservoir in Delaware County, weighed 43 pounds, measured 43.5 inches long, and had a 28 7/8-inch girth.
The previous record buffalo sucker (2013, Lake Erie) weighed 40.8 pounds.
Bowmar used a recurve bow with 150-pound line.