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18-pound ‘wiper’ gets in Ohio record book

Washington, Court House, Ohio — A new Ohio record hybrid striped bass has been certified by the Outdoor Writers of Ohio State Record Fish Committee.

The new state record hybrid striper, weighing 18.32 pounds, was caught by Richard A. Knisley of Washington Court House, in a feeder creek to Deer Creek Lake in Fayette County.

Knisley caught the fish on May 24, using cut shad for bait, on a spinning rod with 15-pound test monofilament line. Knisley’s hybrid striped bass is 31.75 inches long and 24.5 inches in girth.

Thing is, Knisley wasn’t even fishing for hybrids, he said.

“I was just out fishing for channel cats,” Knisley said. 

And, he hadn’t caught any channel catfish before the big hybrid came along.

“I had a few bites that night, but I hadn’t caught anything,” he said. “I had switched spots a couple of times trying to find channel cats. I was about ready to leave when I caught (the wiper).”

But, Knisley held out for one last cast. Good thing.

“I was getting tired and getting bored because nothing was really biting good,” he said. “When I set the hook (on the wiper), I thought it must be a nice channel cat. Then, I got it about halfway across where I was fishing at and it rolled … I knew it wasn’t a channel cat the way it was biting then. I wasn’t quite sure what it was until I got it to the net.”

Knisley’s catch replaces the previous state record hybrid striper, which was caught in Deer Creek Lake by Rosemary Shaver on May 4, 2001, weighing 17.68 pounds and measuring 31 inches long.

Ohio’s record fish are determined on the basis of weight only. 

As is typical in record fish situations, Knisley went through a bit of an ordeal when it came time to get an official certified weight on the fish.

He first took the wiper to a local Deer Creek bait shop, but the scale there hadn’t been certified for a couple of years, Knisley said.

Next, Knisley called a couple of places in Washington Court House who said they wouldn’t or couldn’t weigh his fish.

“Then, I called Kroger and the guy said he would weigh it and that he’d like to see it anyway,” Knisley said.

Knisley then drove his fish to the DNR Division of Wildlife’s southwest headquarters in Xenia for positive identification. Debbie Walters, the fish management supervisor for District 5, identified the fish.

A hybrid striper is a cross between a white bass and a striped bass.

Ohio’s state record fish are certified by the Outdoor Writers of Ohio State Record Fish Committee with assistance from fisheries biologists with the Ohio Division of Wildlife. 

For more information on Ohio’s state record fish program contact Fred Snyder, Chairman, OWO State Record Fish Committee, 754 Co. Rd. 126, Fremont, OH 43420, phone (419) 332-0777, email fnsnyder@gmail.com, or visit outdoorwritersofohio.org

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