New Ohio State Record Longear Sunfish Certified
A new Ohio record longear sunfish has been certified by the Outdoor Writers of Ohio State Record Fish Committee.
A new state record longear sunfish, weighing 0.41 pounds, was caught by Kevin Shanks of Bellbrook, Ohio, at a gravel pit in Greene County on April 22, 2012, using an Arkie Sexee Tail and 4-pound test Crappie Maxx monofilament. Kevin’s record longear is eight inches in both length and girth.
His catch replaces the previous state record longear sunfish that was caught in Big Darby Creek by Brian Zimmerman on June 6, 2004, weighing 0.2 pounds and measuring 6-1/2 inches long.
Ohio Division of Wildlife fisheries biologist Debra Walters at Wildlife District Five was assisted by Marc Kibbey, Associate Curator of Fishes at the Museum of Biological Diversity, The Ohio State University in identifying Kevin’s catch.
Ohio state record fish are certified by the Outdoor Writers of Ohio State Record Fish Committee. Assisting in the process are fisheries biologists with the Ohio Division of Wildlife.
For more information on Ohio’s state record fish program contact Fred Snyder, Chairman, OWO State Record Fish Committee, 754 Co. Rd. 126, Fremont, OH 43420, phone (419) 332-0777, email [email protected] , www.outdoorwritersofohio.org