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9-Year-Old N.D. Angler Catches Possible World Record Goldeye

Photo: AP/Courtesy Dorothy Jo Selzer

A state-record goldeye caught by a 9-year-old North Dakota angler could also be a world record for the species.

Brayden Selzer landed the 4-pound, 12-ounce last Friday on Lake Audobon. According to the Associated Press, the fish surpassed the previous state-record goldeye by nearly a pound.

Selzer’s catch could also bust the world record for the species. The current all-tackle world record goldeye is a 3-pound, 13-ounce fish taken by angler Gary Heuer, of Aberdeen, South Dakota, in 1987.

Heur told the AP that he welcomes a new world record for the species, because “that would mean somebody else had some good luck.”

It seems that luck smiled on Selzer. He’ll have to submit a record application to the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in Wayward, Wisconsin to be considered for the record. He plans to apply.

Selzer was fishing for bass when he caught the goldeye. Initially, he was unimpressed with the catch. Goldeye are small fish that are not a popular game species. But when Selzer’s father saw the fish, they drove to an official weigh station to weigh the catch and immediately discovered that it was a state record.

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9-Year-Old N.D. Angler Catches Possible World Record Goldeye