West Virginia man catches state-record chain pickerel


SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia regulators say a staterecord chain pickerel has been caught in Preston County.

The Division of Natural Resources said in a news release that Matt Born of Reedsville used an inline spinner to catch the fish Oct. 13 at Upper Deckers Lake.

The fish measured a record 27.87 inches (70.8 centimeters). The previous record was a 27.75inch (70.5centimeter) chain pickerel caught by Steven Demma at Tuckahoe Lake in 2001.

The chain pickerel is a member of the pike family.

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