Missouri Boy Catches Pending World-Record Fish

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Missouri boy thanks his father after catching a pending world-record river redhorse last month.

An 11-year-old Missouri boy has likely set a world rod-and-reel fishing record. After all, the old state record he busted also was the existing world mark.

Pending final verification by the International Game Fish Association, the 10-pound, 3-ounce river redhorse Maverick Yoakum, of Dixon, Mo., caught last month on Tavern Creek will be the all-tackle world record.

Yoakum's catch was six ounces heavier than Dan Schmitz's 9-3 redhorse caught in 2016, also on Tavern Creek.

River redhorse fish are a member of the sucker family, and can be found most in the Ozarks, the Missouri Department of Conservation reported in a news release. Yoakim was fishing with worms when the record fish bit.

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"I thought I caught a pretty big fish, but I didn't know it was a state record until my dad told me to look it up online. I'm super excited to hold a state record," the boy said in the news release.

"I just can't believe it! I have never thought about holding a record, and now I may be a world-record holder. I can't believe it!" he said. "I want to thank my dad for always taking me fishing, because if it wasn't for him taking me fishing I wouldn't have caught a fish like I did."

For more information on state-record fish in Missouri: //bit.ly/2efq1vl.

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