A new Ohio record longear sunfish has been certified by the Outdoor Writers of Ohio State Record Fish Committee.
The new state record longear sunfish, weighing 0.41 pounds, was caught by Kevin Shanks of Bellbrook, at a gravel pit in Greene County on April 22, using an Arkie Sexee Tail and four-pound test Crappie Maxx monofilament. Shanks' 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 61⁄2 inches long.
Ohio Division of Wildlife (DOW) fisheries biologist Debra Walters at Wildlife District Five was assisted by Marc Kibbey, associate curator of fishes at the museum of biological diversity at Ohio State University in identifying Shanks' 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 DOW.