This panfish might be too big for a pan!
Robert Lawler, of Lake Havasu, Arizona, landed a huge 5-pound, 8.8-ounce, 16.75-inch redear sunfish on Lake Havasu. Lawler used a Texas-rigged 7-inch Power Worm to land the Texas-sized fish that featured a 19-inch girth.
Right now, itâ€™s the semi-official new Arizona state record for the Colorado River, according to the Arizona Game & Fish Department. The previous state-record redear was caught inÂ February of 2010 at Lake Havasu by a California angler. That fish was more than a pound lighter than Lawlerâ€™s catch, weighing 4 pounds, 2.24 ounces, and stretching 15.5 inches long.
Thereâ€™s no doubt Lawler’s fish is a contender for a world record. The current all-tackle world record is 5 pounds, 7 ounces, according to the International Game Fish Association. Amos Gay caught the current record fish in a South Carolina diversion canal in 1998.