John Vayda caught the new state record Hybrid Striped Bass in Monskville Reservoir on Oct. 9, 2022. The fish weighed 16 pounds, 10 ounces, replacing Bill Schmidt’s 1999 record hybrid that weighed 16 pounds, 4 ounces.
John and two of his friends were trolling for Walleye as a practice run for an upcoming trip. They were trolling in 20 feet of water when John caught the fish on 12-pound test monofilament. The fish was most likely from a small New Jersey Fish and Wildlife stocking back in May of 2017.
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