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More Record Fish by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
August 5, 2009, 6:00 pm
Filed under: Fishing

I mentioned in an earlier blog post that one of my job duties is oversight of the record-keeping for Nebraska’s state record fish, https://barbsandbacklashes.wordpress.com/2009/06/10/record-fish/#more-117 .  It is time for some updates.

If you read my previous blog post on Record Fish I told a long story about our hook & line shortnose gar record.  Since that post, another chapter has been written.  Many folks have already heard about it, but in cast you have not, the bar for our hook & line state record shortnose gar has been raised even higher.  On July 9 Matt Watson caught a 6 pound 14 ounce shortnose gar from a private pit near Fremont.  The fish was caught on a cut bluegill and what makes this catch truly exceptional is the shortnose gar Matt caught may be the largest shortnose gar ever caught by anyone, anywhere.  I believe Matt’s catch is being submitted for world’s record consideration.    The 2009 edition of the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum world records lists a 6 pound 6 ounce shortnose gar as the all-tackle world’s record (http://www.freshwater-fishing.org/index.php).  So, I believe once Matt’s catch is certified he will be the shortnose gar world record holder!  Congratulations Matt!

Matt Watson with his world record shortnose gar

Matt Watson with his world record shortnose gar

The second fish was also taken by hook & line.  This one is unusual in that it is an European rudd.  As you can tell from the name this is an exotic species, a minnow species, that is originally from Europe.  Rudd look a lot like our native golden shiners and actually are closely related to golden shiners.  The import and distribution of European rudd is prohibited, but there was a time a few years ago where you often could find European rudd sold in baitshops.  In most cases bait dealers used some “creative marketing” and called them “rosy-red shiners” or something like that when in fact they were European rudd.  As you can imagine, once they were sold in baitshops, they ended up becoming established in some of our waters around Nebraska.  We have had several big rudd taken from Box Butte Reservoir and this catch by Mark Schafer takes the cake.  Mark caught his fish on a nightcrawler back on June 16.  Yes, Mark has learned the art of holding his fish at arm’s length to make them look bigger in the photograph, but a 2 pound 7 ounce European rudd is still a darned big rudd (the previous record rudd also taken from Box Butte Reservoir weighed only 1 pound).

Mark Schafer with his new hook & line record European rudd

Mark Schafer with his new hook & line record European rudd

No, we do not want rudd spread to more Nebraska waters.  We are never sure what negative impacts these exotic species might have, but the rudd are in Box Butte Reservoir and a few big ones show up on angler’s lines.  I imagine the pike in Box Butte also appreciate eating a few of them.

Next I have a couple of new state records taken by bow & arrow.  The first is a 9 pound 14 ounce river carpsucker taken by Ty Stromquist from Willow Creek Reservoir.  I know there are at least one or two other guys up in northeast Nebraska that will be out to break Ty’s record.  Good luck, guys.

Ty Stromquist with his archery record river carpsucker

Ty Stromquist with his archery record river carpsucker

The second one is a spotted gar taken by Dustin Noble from a private pit in Dawson County.  Dustin’s fish weighed 3 pounds 2 ounces.  Spotted gar are not common in Nebraska but there are a few out there.  They look identical to shortnose gar except for the spots (DUH), especially spots on the snout.

Archery state record spotted gar

Archery state record spotted gar

Dustin’s name is found all throughout our archery, underwater power spear-fishing and surface spear-fishing records.  He also submitted a new underwater power spear-fishing for redear sunfish.  Dustin held the previous record with a 3.5 ounce redear, but he upped that with a 1-pounder taken from a private pit in Buffalo County.

Underwater spearfishing record redear sunfish

Underwater spearfishing record redear sunfish

I saved the cutest for last.  Brionna Schafer filled out her own application form after taking a new state record surface spear-fishing white sucker.  We had no state record white sucker taken by surface spearing on the books previous to Brionna taking her fish.  Congratulations Brionna!  Her fish weighed 2 pounds 5 ounces and was also taken from Box Butte Reservoir.

Brionna Schafer with her surface spear-fishing state record white sucker

Brionna Schafer with her surface spear-fishing state record white sucker

Let me tell you about one other state record fish we have been considering.  Last fall what we believed might have been a new state record saugeye was caught from the Missouri River in northeast Nebraska.  We took samples from that fish and sent them off to have the identity verified by DNA analysis.  We are still waiting on the complete results, but we do know at this time that fish was NOT a walleye X sauger or saugeye, so there probably will be no new state record awarded for that fish.

There are more out there, you never know, so you better GO FISH!

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[…] the most recent state record submissions. You can read about earlier submissions in these posts: http://barbsandbacklashes.wordpress….fish/#more-194 http://barbsandbacklashes.wordpress….0/record-fish/ Daryl B. P.S. Feel free to share this […]

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[…] you can see the previous hook & line record, also taken from Box Butte just last year, here, https://barbsandbacklashes.wordpress.com/2009/08/05/more-record-fish/ .  European rudd as the name says, are an exotic invader from Europe.  They are a species of […]

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