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7 Jun 2010

Indiana: Rockville man lands state record 39 pound striped bass

A western Indiana man who shattered a state fishing record by landing a 39-pound striped bass says he caught the whopper in a spot where he and his fishing buddies previously had little luck. Thirty-nine-year-old Jonathan VanHook hauled in the big fish May 25 at Cecil M. Harden Lake in Parke County. It measured 42.25 inches long with a 30-inch girth. VanHook's 39-pound catch broke the previous record of a 35.4-pound striped bass that an angler caught in 1993 in the Ohio River. VanHook, who's a police officer in Rockville, says his catch was the best fish he ever landed. He hooked it as he and two friends were trolling the lake using bluegill for bait.

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