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Freshwater striper record falls on Hudson

Sounds like Murphy’s Law was at work, nice catch.

Like most anglers who tie into big fish, Eric Lester had the kinds of things happen that allow big fish to escape.

But a funny thing happened when the Campbell Hall (Orange County) man battled a behemoth striped bass last month on the Hudson River. Despite his reel separating from his rod, and despite the line becoming entangled in his boat’s propeller, the big fish didn’t get away.

And now Lester is the holder of the new state record striped bass in the freshwater category, a 60-pounder that easily leapfrogged the previous standard, a 55-pound, 6-ounce fish also caught in the Hudson back in 2007.

The saltwater record stands at 76 pounds, caught in 1981 off Long Island.

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