Tuesday, July 5th, 2022

The man in Southwest Missouri set the state’s new sunfish record

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -Still record 2-pound record catch.

Earlier this month, the Missouri Department of Conservation confirmed a new state record under alternative methods for a redear sunfish.

The new record holder, Andrew Hunt of Hollister, had a huge amount of luck at the start. He said it was his first time bowfishing.

“It was my friend’s 21st birthday and we decided to go fishing,” he said. “We had a guide take us to Table Rock Lake. We shot some carp, but later went to (Lake) Taneycomo. ”

At first, Hunt thought he got a shad. The fishing guide told Hunt that he might have gotten a record.

MDC staff confirmed the redear sunfish Hunt caught was on a certified scale at Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery in Branson-2 pounds, 2 ounces!

The previous alternative methods of record were 2 pounds, 1 ounce; Set for April 2021 at Table Rock Lake.

This is the fourth Missouri state record for fish this year. Hunt said he plans to board the sunfish.

Missouri state-record fish are identified in two categories: pole-and-line and alternative methods. Alternative methods include throwlines, limb lines, bank lines, jug lines, spearfishing, snagging, snaring, gigging, grabbing, archery, and atlatl.

For more information on state-recorded fish, visit http://bit.ly/2efq1vl.

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