Cumberland Times-News

June 8, 2014

06/08 - Big Fish

Cumberland Times-News

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Martinsburg man has caught a West Virginia record rainbow trout.

The Division of Natural Resources says Eric Files Sr. caught the 33-inch, 19-poundplus fish in a private pond in Berkeley County on April 30. He was using a nightcrawler while fishing for sunfish.

The catch exceeded the previous record length and weight of a rainbow. The weight record was just over 17 pounds, and the fish was caught in the same pond where Files got his. That record was set last year.

The previous length record had stood since 1993. It was 31 plus inches.