Amerila Whalen, a 12-year-old girl from Essex County has earned the bragging rights to catching a record-breaking fish in Lake Champlain.

The DEC says Amelia caught a 29 pound, 14 ounce freshwater drum in June that was big enough to break the previous NY State record for freshwater drums by more than 3 pounds.

She was congratulated by the DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos on Thursday.

I'd say she has a pretty good story to tell her friends and teachers when she goes back to school next week!