A Nebraska fishermen caught and released what was sure to be a record pike.
Angler Jake Rodiek caught the monster record pike on January 28 while ice fishing on a frozen lake in the northern Nebraska. His giant catch measured in at 45-inches-long with a 27.5-inch girth.
"As soon as I held this fish up, I knew it was a record fish," Rodiek told Recycledfish.org.
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Rodiek knew his huge catch was probably bigger than Nebraska's record pike, but he said he wanted the fish to live on, rather than kill it to claim the record.
"I just feel better about knowing that I might catch that fish out there again when it's even bigger," he said. "I do the same with trophy fish of any species."
This wasn't the first time this winter that a Nebraska angler released a potential record catch. Field and Stream reported that angler Andy Moore caught a huge white crappie last December that surely would have broken the state record. Moore also wanted to see his catch live on.
Photo via RecycledFish.org.
Here's the video footage of Rodiek pulling in the record pike.