PHOTO: Missouri Man Catches Mammoth Gar Fish, Potential World Record Breaker

by Josh Lanier

A Jefferson City, Mo. man said he hoped to forget about work for a bit and bond with his daughter on a fishing trip when he spotted a massive gar fish swimming nearby. Seeing one of these fish is rare enough, but catching one with a rod and reel is nearly impossible. However, Devlin Rich wasn’t going to let this chance go to waste so he took his chances and cast his line.

Man Catches Record Gar Fish

He ended up reeling in the biggest spotted gar fish in the state’s history at 10 pounds, 9 ounces, Fox News said. It may even be a world record.

The previous record of 9-pounds, 12-ounces was set in 1994. The reason for the long gap is because of how hard spotted gar fish are to snare.

“Because of the hard, bony jaws, gars are seldom taken on hook-and-line and are rarely used for food,” noted MDC Fisheries Programs Specialist Andrew Branson. “Special techniques are required to capture them consistently with rod-and-reel, but they do provide a ready target for the bowhunter because they often bask near the surface of the water.”

Rich, a pro-fisherman, said he wasn’t out on Wappapello Lake looking to set any records. He was just looking to relax on a fun fishing trip.

“I’m pro staff on the Limit Six Trout Team so I put a lot of time in on the water,” he said. “For me, all the fishermen are a big family. That’s what Limit Six prides itself on; we’re a family. I love getting outdoors with my daughter and she loves to fish; it’s father-daughter bonding time. It’s not having to think about work or anything else that’s going on in the world. I am definitely going to get this record fish mounted.”

Past Year Has Been Big Year for Big Fish

Joshua Dixon was fishing in Maryland for walleye earlier this year, but nothing was biting. So he cast out again hoping to get a bite. But after a few moments, he felt his line catch on something. He thought it was a tree because it didn’t move.

But it turned out to be a record-setting flathead catfish. You can see the mammoth catfish here.

“It was really weird because I thought I snagged a tree,” Dixon stated in a news release USA Today reports. “It didn’t feel like a fish, but after a while, it was going crazy.”

The catfish measured 50 inches and weighed 57 pounds. This meant that Dixon’s catch qualified for the vacant spot in the state’s invasive species category. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources had previously set 40 pounds as a minimum mark to qualify for a record.

In Montana, Jacob Bernhardt reeled in a 20.1-inch longnose sucker from the Missouri River. The 3.42-pound fish set a new record that hadn’t been broken since 1998. It’s the fifth record set by an angler in Montana in the past five years, the state told Fox News.