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Missouri Boy Catches Pending World-Record Fish

Missouri Boy Catches Pending World-Record Fish
11-year old Maverick Yoakum with 10-pound, 3-ounce river redhorse, caught at Tavern Creek near St. Elizabeth. He is pictured with his dad, Bennett Yoakum. (Photo courtesy of (Missouri Dept. of Conservation).

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11-year old Maverick Yoakum with 10-pound, 3-ounce river redhorse, caught at Tavern Creek near St. Elizabeth. He is pictured with his dad, Bennett Yoakum. (Photo courtesy of (Missouri Dept. of Conservation).

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: http://bit.ly/2efq1vl.

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