JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A record 2-pound catch is still a record.
Earlier this month, the Missouri Department of Conservation certified a new state record for alternative methods for a sunfish.
New record holder Andrew Hunt from Hollister had incredible rookie luck. He said it was his first time fishing with a bow.
“It was my mate’s 21st birthday and we decided to go bow fishing,” he said. “We had a guide who took us up Table Rock Lake. We caught some carp but later went to (Lake) Taneycomo.”
At first, Hunt thought he’d grabbed a shad. The fishing guide told Hunt he may have caught a record.
MDC staff verified Hunt’s sunfish catch on a certified scale at the Fish Hatchery Shepherd of the Hills in Branson – 2 pounds, 2 ounces!
The previous record for alternative methods was 2 pounds, 1 ounce; playing at Table Rock Lake in April 2021.
This is Missouri’s fourth state record for fish this year. Hunt said he plans to have the sunfish boarded.
Missouri State record fish are recognized in two categories: pole-and-line and alternative methods. Alternative methods include throw lines, limb lines, shore lines, jug lines, spear fishing, snare, sling, gigging, grappling, archery, and atlatl.
For more information on state record fishing, see http://bit.ly/2efq1vl.
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