Albany angler lands state freshwater fishing record for a white crappie

Albany angler lands state freshwater fishing record for a white crappie
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Roy Isaac said he saw a state fishing record coming.

For the past four weeks, Isaac, 62, of Albany, has been fishing off a marina dock at Sleepy Hollow Lake in Greene County. Every weekend he’s been catching bigger and bigger crappie.

“When I went out there 4 weeks ago. I caught a 1 pounder, 7-ouncer and said ‘Wow.’ Next time, a 2-pound, 10-ouncer. And then the following week, a 3 pound, 10- ounce fish.”

He went out again Saturday (Aug. 21) with Razir, his 14-year-old son, determined to catch an even bigger fish and possibly a state record. And he did.

On a hot, humid afternoon, Isaac landed a 4.42-pound white crappie on an ultra-light rod using 4-pound test line. He used a shiner as bait and had a single split shot on the line. The 19-inch fish was officially weighed that day on a certified scale at BlackHorse Farms, a local fruit and vegetable market in nearby Athens.

After filing out the paperwork and having a state Department of Environmental Conservation staffer examine…

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