Angler Sets New Missouri Flathead Record
October 01, 2015
Catching big fish is fun. Catching record sizeÂ catfishÂ is even better. Â For one Kansas angler and his best friends, that is exactly what happened.
The new "alternative method" for a MissouriÂ flathead recordÂ catfish was broken by Matthew McConkey on Sept. 19th, Â weighing in at 100 pounds and was 57-inches long. Â McConkey caught the fish around 10:30 a.m. using aÂ four-inch goldfish for baitÂ on a trotline.Â This record flathead catfish surpassed the previous state record by 1 poundÂ and it outweighs the pole-and-line record by more than 20.
"Once I grabbed the line I knew right away that I had big one," McConkey said. "The giant moved my 17-foot Lowe boat around like it was nothing." McConkey told Missouri Department of Conservation.
The giant MissouriÂ flathead record catfish broke theÂ previous alternative-method state-record flathead catfish of 99 pounds caught on the Missouri River in 2010.
McConkey was able to get ahold of Â The Missouri Department of Conservation, and they met him in Liberty, MO., at a local post office where there was a certifiable scale they could use to weigh the giant MissouriÂ flathead record catfish.
"I've caught several big fish in the Missouri River, but this one is by far the biggest and most memorable," McConkey said.
The diehard anglerÂ said the fish was not put back in, but skinned and is going to make for excellent table fare. Taking several good measurements and tons of high quality pictures, McConkey plans to have a replica made of his record catch.
"I still can't believe I caught this giant of a fish and broke the state record. My goal now is to catch an even bigger fish and break the world-record," McConkeyÂ told Missouri Department of Conservation.
This massive MissouriÂ flathead record is one fish tale defiantly worth bragging about.