With the latest addition, Missouri has seen six state records broken so far in 2018.
It's been a record-breaking year for fishing in the state of Missouri, and we're barely seven months of the year.
The Missouri Department of Conservation reported the sixth state record of 2018 — a 10-pound, 6-ounce silver redhorse caught last month by a Birch Tree, Mo., angler.
According to a news release, Rick Sartin broke the state pole-and-line record for the species, almost doubling the previous record of 5-10 caught in 2000. Sartin's record was caught at the Current River
"Larger silver redhorses are usually caught while gigging," MDC Fisheries Programs Specialist Andrew Branson said. "This record is unique because it was taken by pole and line, and is larger than our alternative methods state record for this species. Missouri is a great place to fish and a great place to catch redhorse suckers. Missouri currently holds the world record for the river redhorse, and this silver redhorse caught by Sartin was less than one pound from the existing world record."
Silver redhorse, which are found throughout the Ozarks, are part of the sucker family.
Sartin's catch is the sixth state record reported this year by the state. Here are the five others:
- River Redhorse: Maverick Yoakum, 10 pounds, 3 ounces (traditional method)
- Blue Sucker: Bryant Rackers, 9-1 (alternative method)
- Northern Hog Sucker: Richard Bradshaw (alternative method)
- Yellow Bullhead: Michael Williams, 2-4 (alternative method)
- Goldeneye: Kerry Glenn, 2-2 (traditional method)
Missouri tracks state records in two categories — pole-and-line (traditional) and alternative (such as via bow and trotline).
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