This angler is really good at catching large golden redhorse suckers.
On May 8, 2014, Chad Wentzel was fishing for golden redhorse suckers and wound up catching the largest one in Minnesota state history on the Root River. On certified scales, his fish weighed in at exactly four pounds even, pictured above.
One year later, to the exact day, on the same river, Wentzel does it again. This time beating his year-old record by one ounce, making his 4.1-pound sucker the new state record for golden redhorse, pictured below.
As far as strategy, Wentzel was fishing on the bottom with worms. His eight-pound line was more than enough to bring the big fish in. Quickly realizing it was as big, if not maybe even bigger than the one he caught last year, he rushed to get it certified.
“There are many types of fish to catch in Minnesota,” said Mike Kurre, who coordinates the state record fish program for the Minnesota DNR. “We keep state records on five types of redhorse alone, and in all there are state records for 62 species of fish.”