A man from central Missouri catches a possible world-record ‘blue sucker’ fish

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A mid-Missouri fisherman recently reeled in a “blue sucker” fish that not only sets a new state record, but may also set a new world record.

Auxvasse resident Travis Uebinger went fishing on the Osage River on January 15 and caught an 11-pound blue sucker.

The Missouri Department of Conservation recently confirmed that Uebinger’s catch broke a 1997 state record. The previous record for blue suckers was a 9-pound, 14-ounce fish caught in the Missouri River.

Uebinger said he went fishing with a good friend that day, hoping for white bass or walleye. He used the pole and line method and ended up with a state record.

“We really went for a whole bag – anything that would bite,” Uebinger told MDC. “We were on my friend’s new boat trying it out when I caught it. I didn’t know what it was, a sucker or a carp. It was my friend who said it could be a state record.”

MDC notes that the blue suction cup could also set a new world record. The current record is just 2 pounds and 12 ounces.

However, the world record organization only recognizes angelfish. Uebinger could potentially qualify for the official world record as his fish was not caught with commercial gear.

“It would be great to have a world record,” said Uebinger. “Especially with a fish you weren’t aiming for.”

MDC has not announced whether papers will be submitted for this to be considered a new world record.

Uebinger’s catch qualifies as at least the first state record fish of 2023. For a closer look at other Missouri state records, Click here.

https://fox2now.com/news/missouri/mid-missouri-man-snags-possible-world-record-blue-sucker-fish/ A man from central Missouri catches a possible world-record ‘blue sucker’ fish

Sarah Y. Kim

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