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New Freshwater Drum Record in Missouri Taken by Bow


This freshwater drum doesn’t even look real!

Joshua Cole of Reeds Spring, Missouri has officially claimed the record for taking down the largest freshwater drum in state history by bowfishing. This “alternative methods” record has changed a lot recently, but this new state record looks like it’s probably going to be around a while.

Cole was fishing on Table Rock lake when he stuck a single arrow in the big drum. Quickly, he knocked up and shot a second arrow to make sure he secured the fish. As the report stated, as soon as Cole was able to get the fish in the boat, he realized that he likely was holding a new state record fish.


“I can’t believe I shot a state-record drum,” said Cole. “I knew I was shooting at a big drum, but I didn’t realize how big it was until we got it in the boat.”

The previous freshwater drum record taken by alternative means was arrowed back in 2008 and weighed in at 26-pounds, 8-ounces from the Lake of the Ozarks. Cole’s new state record weighed out to an incredible 30-pounds, 15-ounces, measuring just at 33-inches long. This incredible fish also had an enormous girth of 30-inches!

So far, four record fish have been taken in the state of Missouri just in the month of March. It’s going to be interesting to what April brings.



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New Freshwater Drum Record in Missouri Taken by Bow