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Missouri Paddlefish Record Broken by Extra Large Snag

Courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation

The Missouri paddlefish record was beaten over the weekend. How much do you think it weighs?

On Saturday, March 21 Andy Belobraydic III pulled this gigantic paddlefish out of Table Rock Lake, and with it he landed a new state record.

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Belobraydic’s beast of a fish weighed 140 pounds, 9 ounces. It measured 56 ¾ inches in length and had a girth of 43 ¾ inches. The paddlefish beat the old record of 139 pounds, 4 ounces caught in 2002 at the same lake.

“I’m still sore,” he told the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). “It felt like I hooked into a log.”

Thirty minutes after snagging it, Belobraydic was able to get the fish in his boat and bring it to the MDC’s Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery near Branson.

Many paddlefish are landed by snagging, and they’ve developed into a popular gamefish after their long and illustrious existence.

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Missouri Paddlefish Record Broken by Extra Large Snag