St. REGIS - It appears our very own managing editor here at Denton Publications may have broken the state brook trout record by landing a 5-pound, 7-ounce monster that should shatter the state record by 8 ounces if it passes state inspection.
John Gereau, managing editor at Denton Publications and avid outdoorsman, caught the potential record breaker April 26 while fishing the St. Regis Canoe Area in Franklin County.
Gereau said he hooked the fish trolling a black stonefly behind a Lake Clear Wabbler. He landed it after a 20-minute fight using a 7-foot Orvis rod and 6-pound test. His friend, Mike White of Lake Luzerne, netted the fish and it was weighed on a certified scale at the Lake Clear General Store.
Senior Aquatics Biologist Richard Preall will examine the fish later this week, and should certify it as the new state record.
Gereau, who has been fishing brook trout for 30 years, said this was by far the largest he'd ever landed in New York waters. He also landed three other brook trout over 20 inches the same day.