It appears a 41-year-old fishing record has been broken in Pennsylvania.
Richard “The Breeze” Nicholson caught a 34-inch, 18.1-pound walleye Thursday, and it is being reviewed as the new state record holder.
Nicholson, 62, of Connellsville, Fayette County, caught the trophy using a creek chub as bait in the Youghiogheny River near his home. “It’s all luck,” Nicholson said Sunday evening about the catch.
“I’m a live bait man,” he said about using minnows he traps in nearby streams for bait.
The Pennsylvania record for walleye was set in 1980 when Mike Holly of Bradford reeled in a 17-pound, 9-ounce fish from the Allegheny Reservoir. Nicholson’s fish is about a half-pound heavier.
Sgt. Mike Walsh of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission said Monday morning that Waterways Conservation Officer Scott Opfer did confirm the size of the walleye and “right now it does beat the record.”
What has to happen is that Nicholson needs to file the paperwork with the agency and staff…