July 13, 2000
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has named a
monstrous black crappie from Tioga County as a new state record for
Richard A Pino of Convington hooked the record crappie May 28 using a
below a bobber while fishing from a boat at Hammond Lake. The fish
weighed in at 4 lbs, 2.88 ounces and measured just over 19 1/4 inches
long. Its girth was 15 7/8 inches.
Pino's fish knocks a 4 lb, 1
oz crappie from the record books. That fish was landed by William S.
Gorzelic from Bethlehem out of the Auburn Dam, Schuylkill County in
In addition to establishing a new standard for crappie in the state,
Pino's fish broke a drought of sorts. No new state fishing records
had been set since 1997, when an 8 lb, 8 oz smallmouth bass was
entered into the books. Throughout most of the 1990s an average of
three new records per year were being established.
To be considered for
state record certification, a fish must be
caught using legal means, in season, from Pennsylvania waters open to
the public without charge or fee. Fish taken from farm ponds,
fee-fishing lakes, ponds or streams or in waters restricted to use by
club members or their guests do not qualify. Potential record fish
must exceed the established benchmark by at least one ounce, as
weighed on a certified scale.