An 11-year-old in Vermont is being called a “fishing maniac.”
Who’s calling young Chase Stokes this?
That would be Shawn Good from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.
Why a fishing maniac?
You may remember that the department recently confirmed that Stokes landed a Vermont Master Angler Program state record carp back in April. The fish weighed in a 33.25 pounds. That’s a quarter-pound larger than the previous record holder.
Even though that’s one heck of a carp, that’s not the entire reason Good calls Stokes a fishing maniac. The real reason is because Stokes has the most trophy fish in the state’s Master Angler Program.
This kid has, get this, 439 entries on the Vermont Master Angler Program website. To put that into perspective, young Stokes owns more than 11% of the program’s list on the website. He has earned the honor many times on some species. Among the types of fish he’s caught are white perch, freshwater drum, bluegill, crappie, even American eel.
Want to see some of the monsters he’s hauled in? First, take a look at this 30.5-inch Northern Pike.
Or how about this fat, 29-inch lake trout?
Then there’s this big, fat freshwater drum.
Stokes started earning Vermont Master Angler Awards (at least on the website) in 2011. Just in June this year, he caught seven Master Angler winners.
Fishing maniac. Yeah, that fits.