Got super excited when I saw the headline ‘cuz the current MO record is a staggering 21-lb 1-oz freak caught outta Bull Shoals Lake back in 1988….
This new record weighed 6 lbs 14 ozs…? Caught by Jason Reynolds who was using a bluegill under a floating jug line (seriously):
Ends up it’s the new “alternative method” record walleye. Get this:
> MO state-record fish are recognized in 2 categories: pole-and-line and alternative methods. Alternative methods include: throwlines, trotlines, limb lines, bank lines, jug lines, spearfishing, snagging, snaring, gigging, grabbing, archery and atlatl.
Had to Google half those. All I could think of — the ENTIRE time reading that — was the Joe Dirt firework-stand scene:
Matthew Swanson broke the previous record with this monster 45.25″ freshwater gator plucked outta the Rainy River on a streamer fly:
Case you’re wondering, MN has 2 different kinds of state records:
> One for catching and keeping [aka killing] the biggest fish in each species based on certified weight…the other for the length of a caught-and-released muskellunge, northern pike, lake sturgeon or flathead catfish.
Still don’t understand why there’s no catch-and-release record for walleyes? Or say any/all other species?? Talkin’ to you, DNR guys/gals….
…seminar schedule announced. Lookin’ rather stacked:
Happenin’ Dec 7-9 at Scheels Arena — that’s 45,000 SqFt [!] of ice-fishing goodness. Same great deals with less shoulder bumping and traffic = #jackpot
…reduce the spread of zeebz. According to MAISRC graduate student Adam Doll’s 3-yr study done in partnership with Tonka Bay Marina, the MN DNR and Brunswick Boats.
Talkin’ tiny zebra mussel larvae that gets trapped in standing water — in the engine, livewell, compartments, etc — when boats are pulled out.
Just saw Home Depot has ’em on sale for $149 — gonna try to snag one as soon as this email is fired off.
I used to be “that guy” who said spending $$$ on a cooler was ridiculous…now I’ve been using Otter’s 42-quart cooler a couple years and can’t imagine life without one. Really is an investment…especially for outdoorsy people.
Reason I’m bringing this up is ‘cuz Otter has a crazy cooler sale going on right now. And I’m not talkin’ just 5-10% off…more like up to 35% off, and free shipping with promo code: COOL18
Comes in 4 sizes and a pile of colors — click here or on the pic to check ’em out:
Says they’re “grizzly bear certified” though I hope to never find out in person….
Hadn’t heard of this before and thought it was cool. You can get a rear-view backup camera on 8′-wide Yetti Fish House models — love it:
One on the left is Brad Hawthorne’s Traxx Edition aka toy hauler [drooling emoji].