An Ohio record drum was released without official acknowledgement.
GameandFishMag.com reported the details of John Cates of Mansfield, Ohio and his record catch, which ended up not being a record.
Cates caught the drum (also known as a sheepshead), took measurements and the photos you see here, but didn’t bother to get official recognition from an Ohio Division of Wildlife biologist.
The all-tackle freshwater drum record in Ohio is 23.5 pounds, 37.125 inches. Cates claimed a 30-pound, 38-inchfish which would have taken the title after it stood for 13 years.
“I’m both a bowhunter and a fisherman, and I respect what I catch and what I keep,” Cates said in the GameandFishMag.com piece. “As soon as I caught it, the state record never entered my mind. Just getting it back in the water was what I was concerned about. I figured it was 20 to 25 years old and it deserved to be let go.”
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But how does he feel about it after the fact?
“Now I kind of regret letting that fish go,” he said.
It’s still a great catch and accomplishment, even if it doesn’t enter the record books.
Featured image via GameandFishMag.com