Did you know the all-tackle world record burbot is over 25 pounds? Did you know burbot could even get that big?
Not many anglers specifically target burbot, which are called “lawyers” where I come from. They are considered something of a trash fish by many, but not by brothers Sean and Adam Konrad.
These guys have a passion for burbot fishing. In fact, Sean caught a lead-bellied 25-pounder and earned the current all-tackle world record title for burbot.
The Konrads and Uncut Angling’s Aaron Wiebe tried to beat the 20-pound line class record of 14 pounds, 1 ounce. They set out the Saskatchewan River in May, using whole smelt as bait on a sliding weight rig.
Well, the guys didn’t break the record, but they did have a great night of fishing. They caught around 20 burbot, with three topping 10 pounds.
If you’re one of those anglers who looks disparagingly at burbot, you might want to reconsider that opinion. They’re a lot of fun to catch and are fine table fare as well.
Their other nickname, after all, is “mock lobster.”