Angler snags world record on Missouri lake during first-ever paddlefish trip with friends 2

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At Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri, the Kansas angler set a new world record by catching a fish that weighed 164 pounds and 13 ounces on Sunday. After such a remarkable accomplishment, the Missouri Department of Conservation even made a joke about the possibility that he would want to retire from fishing.
Chad Williams had never before seen a paddlefish, much less trolling on a lake in the hopes of catching one. This was the first time he had ever made such an attempt.




At Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri, the Kansas angler set a new world record by catching a fish that weighed 164 pounds and 13 ounces on Sunday. After such a remarkable accomplishment, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) even made a joke about the possibility that he would want to retire from fishing.

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In addition to breaking the previous state record of 140 pounds, the paddlefish also broke the previous global record of 164 pounds. Both records were previously held by the paddlefish.




Williams laughed and said, “I admit that I’m still trying to process everything that’s happened.” It was my first time snagging, and Conservation Agent Tyler Brown was totally taken aback by the experience. The statement that he made was, “You will never have to go fishing again!” There is nothing that can compare to this!’ and he is probably right!
According to Williams, he was fortunate enough to receive an invitation to snag with a group of friends at the beginning of the paddlefish snagging season that is currently taking place. Snagging is a method of fishing that involves piercing the flesh of a fish with a hook that is designed to be sharp.




In a short amount of time during the fishing trip, he became caught on something enormous.
“I was thinking I was extremely weak because it was taking so long to reel in,” he said in his interview. “My body was aching.”

Following their successful attempt to bring the enormous fish into the boat, the group of fishing companions were stunned to discover that they were on the verge of making a catch that would break all previous records.




In a hurry, the crew went to Three Brothers Meat Company in Montreal to meet with authorities from the Missouri Department of Wildlife. When they arrived, they weighed the fish on a certified scale to check that it was accurate and legitimate. It was only by this action that they were able to have complete faith in the weight of the fish and the fact that they had, in fact, made history.

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The Maryland Department of Conservation reports that Williams’ paddlefish was the second state-record catch done this year.




The decision was made by Williams and his wife to keep some of the meat from the paddlefish, while the rest was distributed to his fishing group. It is his intention to retain the head through the process of taxidermy.

There are two categories of fish that are recognized as state records in the state of Missouri: pole-and-line fishing and alternative methods, which include snagging.



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