Missouri’s alternate angling method crappie record is broken for the second time this year.
For the second time in just under a month, Missouri’s trotline white crappie record has been broken.
Colby Conn’s 1-pound, 5-ounce record from last month has fallen to a new, 2-pound, 1-ounce fish hauled in by Austin Campbell in Cass County. Missouri only this year opened up a new records system for “alternative” methods of angling.
Austin Campbell’s record-breaking crappie also came off a trotline while fishing an irrigation pond. Campbell had been using a live bluegill to target catfish at the time.
“Once my buddy and I pulled the fish up into the boat, we were in shock,” Campbell said in a MDC press release. “We couldn’t believe we caught a nice size crappie. We both thought it was very rare to catch a fish like that on a trotline.”
Most of the anglers who have caught new record fish under the methods haven’t even realized it at the time. Such was the case of the man who caught Missouri’s new spotted bass record via trotline earlier this summer. And it happened again with Campbell’s catch. Luckily for them, they kept the fish.
“I didn’t know there was a category for catching crappie on a trotline until I saw an article on the Missouri Department of Conservation’s website,” Campbell said. “I saw the record size and knew we had a shot at beating it.”
Once the fish was confirmed on a certified scale in Harrisonville, it was a surreal moment as Campbell realized a dream.
“We’ve always dreamed of catching a big fish and having some type of record, but we never ever thought it would happen for real,” Campbell said. “We are super excited and can’t wait to get back out on the water to catch more fish.”
It would seem this first year of alternative fishing method records for Missouri has been quite successful. Another one of Missouri’s new records under alternative methods was a skipjack herring snagged back in May.