A 12-year-old girl just caught a state record-breaking freshwater drum in Lake Champlain. Amelia Whalen caught this 29 pound fish on June 4th.

According to Syracuse.com, the fish measured 36.5 inches and weighed 29 pounds 14 ounces. These measurements broke the previous state record set in 2014 by more than 3 pounds.

"This state record is just another example of the great fishing opportunities New York has to offer, even for lesser known species such as the freshwater drum," said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. "No matter what time of year, angling possibilities in this state are endless, and I congratulate Amelia on her accomplishment, which is quite a feat for any angler, let alone a 12-year-old."

Amelia caught this award winning fish with a Lazer Blade lure. She submitted details of her winning catch as part of DEC's Angler Achievement Awards Program, which verifies and tracks state record fish.

"It was a phenomenal memory that I'll always have reeling in the monstrous sheepshead that day," the teen said. "I was unimaginably surprised when my dad told me that it was definitely going to break the record."



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