from NYup.com on 10/12/16 – Roy Bilby is a dedicated student of bass fishing and he takes good notes – real good notes.
On Monday, Bilby, 57, of Richmondville, N.Y. caught and released his 26,482nd bass — it was a smallmouth — while fishing with a buddy on Schoharie Creek.
Roy Bilby has taken meticulous notes of every one of this fishing outings for the past 30 years.
“In 1986, I started keeping a running tally of all the bass caught and released. It started as a quest to improve and I have done it religiously since that time,” he said. “I’ve made some 3,000 entries in my log books. Last year on Aug. 6 I hit the 25,000 mark.”
The Schoharie County resident is the supervising carpenter and locksmith for SUNY Cobleskill. Married and father of two adult children. He said he owns five fishing boats of various sizes and has more than 160 fishing rods.