By - June 29, 2020. Resembling a shark, it has smooth skin and a skeleton mostly of cartilage. Legal Statement. Once the fish was officially weighed, Brennan examined the band and “noticed it wasn’t one of our bands. The standing rod-and-reel world-record American paddlefish, taken from a Kansas pond in 2004, is listed at 144 pounds. Other than that, we kept the fish moving in the water. My wife filmed everything and I’m finally watching the video. The largest American paddlefish on record, taken by a … 23 years later that fish would bloom into the 151.9-pound world record. Watters wasted no time sharing his accomplishment on social media. Photo courtesy of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation For several months every year, the Department operates a Paddlefish Research Center near Miami, Okla. Anglers wanting to experience battling these large fish are required to have a state fishing license (unless exempt) and a free paddlefish permit. Bonus having the son there to witness this day. He and his son Stetson, 9, were fishing as clients of guide Jeremiah Mefford of Reel Good Time Guide Service. Market data provided by Factset. “It weighed 151.9 pounds, had a total length of 71.5 inches, and eye-to-fork length of 54.75 inches,” Brennan said. Figure 5. Read more about this story GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save Market data provided by Factset. An Edmond man might be the new holder of a world record for his catch Sunday at Keystone Lake in northeastern Oklahoma. All rights reserved. This was part of my grad research at OSU. Usually, fishing world records stand for years if not decades so to see one broken twice in a month is pretty amazing. "I was the last person to handle that fish about 14 years before your son was born! You can search all IGFA World Records for freshwater and saltwater fishes in All-TackleLine Class, All-Tackle Length for male, female and junior anglers. An Oklahoma angler may have smashed both a state and world record over the weekend. The IGFA maintains the World Records for all species of game fish. – Paddlefish snagging season in Missouri opens March 15 and runs through the end of April. Most angling world records are maintained by a sanctioning body. Alexandra Deabler is a Lifestyle writer and editor for Fox News. All rights reserved. A long paddle-like blade, called a rostrum, extends forward from the fish’s head. FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK FOR MORE FOX LIFESTYLE NEWS. The rod-and-reel world record American paddlefish, snagged in Kansas in 2004, weighed 144 pounds. On ODWC's Facebook page, Paukert shared some details with Watters. A new world-record paddlefish has again been pulled from Keystone Lake near Tulsa, less than a month after the previous world record was snagged in the same lake by a client of the same fishing guide.. Angler Cody James Watters of Ochelata is the newest owner of the rod-and-reel world-record title, after snagging a 151-pound, 14.4-ounce giant Thursday morning. The fish was caught by Clinton Boldridge in a 5-acre pond in Atchison County, Kansas on May 5, 2004. According Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation officials, James Lukehart snagged a paddlefish weighing 146 pounds, 11 ounces, which beats the world record by more than 2 pounds. Once there, they began measuring the monster. Twitter. The largest American paddlefish on record, taken by a spearfisherman in Iowa in 1916, reportedly weighed 198 pounds. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. On May 23, Mefford himself hauled in a 143-pound paddlefish at Keystone, setting a new state record but missing the then-world record by just a pound. © 2021 www.news-star.com. Later, a follow-up call to Oklahoma State University turned up information that the paddlefish was indeed part of research efforts by Craig Paukert, then a graduate student and currently a professor at the University of Missouri. It was a perfect release,” Watters wrote. The largest American paddlefish on record, taken by a spearfisherman in Iowa in 1916, reportedly weighed 198 pounds. An Oklahoma man caught a world-record paddlefish last week, less than a month after the previous record was set in the same lake. Powered and implemented by FactSet Digital Solutions. Instead, they were served up a new world-record 146 pound, 11-ounce paddlefish — and they let it go. Facebook. “It was exciting,” he said Sunday afternoon to the outlet. Oklahoma’s paddlefish population is seen as among the healthiest in the nation, and the sport of snagging paddlefish draws anglers from many states. (Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation). Image courtesy of KDWPT. Your California Privacy Rights / Privacy Policy. When banded, this fish was about 2 years old, weighed 7.7 pounds and was about 2 feet long. An Oklahoma fisherman just landed himself a new world record after catching a 146-pound-11-ounce American Paddlefish. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. “I'm excited and blessed to catch a fish this big. The paddlefish is a primitive species, with a fossil record dating to the age of the dinosaurs about 75 million years ago. Quotes displayed in real-time or delayed by at least 15 minutes. Justin Hamlin of Kellyville snagged a 157-pound paddlefish during a guided trip on Valentine's Day with Jeremiah Mefford of Reel Good Time Guide Service on Lake Keystone. New world record paddlefish hauled from Keystone Lake — again! According to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, back in 1997, a two-year-old, seven-pound paddlefish was banded by Oklahoma State University researchers. It was banded on Jan. 4, 1997, as part of a research study … The massive fish was confirmed as the official new state record for that species, beating the previous record of 143 pounds set just over a month ago by Jeremiah Mefford of … “This made my day! The fish had a band on its jaw. What’s more, the paddlefish had been caught in the past — as part of a research project. A world record spoonbill was snagged this weekend at Keystone Lake near Tulsa. Brennan confirmed that upon its release, the fish was followed using Live Scope sonar and it appeared to be healthy and swimming well. WhatsApp. The band, identified as No. All rights reserved. On Feb. 14, Justin Hamlin of Kellyville boated a paddlefish that unofficially weighed 157 pounds, but the fish had to be immediately released because it was caught on a "no harvest" day as set in state regulations. 667, was in poor condition and was collected by ODWC, then the fish was released in good shape. Mutual Fund and ETF data provided by Refinitiv Lipper. ©2021 FOX News Network, LLC. This record fish is just the latest in a string of actual or would-be record-setting paddlefish snagged at Keystone this year: On June 28, James Lukehart of Edmond snagged a world-record-setting 146.7-pound paddlefish, also while fishing with Mefford. When Paukert heard the news, he contacted Brown. Records indicate the fish was caught and banded in the Salt Creek arm of Keystone Lake on Jan. 4, 1997. Once confirmed, the hefty fish will have beat the current world record by more than 2 pounds, and Oklahoma’s state record by 3 pounds, according to officials. The current world-record paddlefish that Watters caught and released had a tag in its jaw. Legal Statement. Angler Cody James Watters of Ochelata is the newest owner of the rod-and-reel world-record title, after snagging a 151-pound, 14.4-ounce giant Thursday morning. 17. Once they got the fish boatside, they took some length and girth measurements and determined it’d be close to the state record of 143 pounds and world record of 144 pounds. The world record paddlefish caught on rod and reel weighed 144 lb (65 kg) and was 54.25 in (1.378 m) long. This record fish is just the latest in a string of actual or would-be record-setting paddlefish snagged at Keystone this year: - On June 28, James Lukehart of Edmond snagged a world-record-setting 146.7-pound paddlefish, also while fishing with Mefford. An Edmond man snagged an enormous paddlefish Sunday while … “It’s only been about four hours since we caught it. Potential World Record Paddlefish. https://www.foxnews.com/great-outdoors/oklahoma-angler-world-record-paddlefish This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, "What made my day is hearing his son was with him today. It had an OSU reward tag in it.”. A new world-record paddlefish has again been pulled from Keystone Lake near Tulsa, less than a month after the previous world record was snagged in the same lake by a client of the same fishing guide. Quotes displayed in real-time or delayed by at least 15 minutes. The new world record is also from Oklahoma, but the really cool thing about this fish is that it was banded. A new world-record paddlefish has again been pulled from Keystone Lake near Tulsa, less than a month after the previous world record was snagged in the same lake by a client of the same fishing guide. The Kansas angler held the world record title for 16 years and the fish was certified by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. The … “Everybody says they want to go out and catch a record,” James Lukehart said. The paddlefish was certified as Oklahoma’s newest rod-and-reel-state record by Paddlefish Research Center and Northeast Region Fisheries staff, the state wildlife department wrote. James Lukehart of Edmond with guide Jeremiah Mefford of Reel Good Tim Guide Service holds what is likely a new world record paddlefish at Keystone Lake Sunday. An Oklahoma angler may have smashed both a state and world record over the weekend. These fish can live up to 30 years, and they can grow to huge sizes. ODWC News Release. World-Record Paddlefish Déjà Vu - Oklahoma Gives Up Another Weighing 151.9 Pounds With the latest giant weighing in at 151.9 pounds, Oklahoma's … An Edmond man snagged an enormous paddlefish Sunday while fishing at Keystone Lake in the Sooner State, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation posted on its Facebook page. Paddlefish were once very abundant across their range but have declined in many areas. Regulations for paddlefish snagging can be found here in the Oklahoma Fishing Regulations Guide. Resembling a shark, … Fisheries staff rushed to meet the angler at Keystone Lake. Advertisement. ARE YOU READY TO TOP THIS RECORD? The Wildlife Department's paddlefish management program involves an extensive process of netting, weighing, measuring and marking paddlefish with metal bands on the lower jaw. The largest American paddlefish on record, taken by a spearfisherman in Iowa in 1916, reportedly weighed 198 pounds. James Lukehart landed the possible world-breaking catch weighing 146 pounds, 11 ounces, and measuring 70.5 inches with a 45-inch girth, after quite a fight he told Tulsa World. Oklahoma angler snags possible world record-breaking paddlefish, officials say. Cory Watters and his 9-year-old son, Stetson, hold the new world record paddlefish caught Thursday at Keystone Lake. Thank you ODWC!” Watters wrote. So, I guess this means that I caught the world-record paddlefish, but I didn’t realize it until 23 years later!”. 0. (Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation). Previous hook and line world record Paddlefish landed by Clinton Boldridge in 2004. The fish was released “under the guidance of ODWC and monitored” for survival after its measurements were taken, the department shared. A 7-pound paddlefish caught and released in 1997 has been found in Oklahoma’s Keystone Lake weighing a world record 151.9 pounds, the Oklahoma Department of … An Oklahoma man unofficially broke world and state records when he reeled in a 157-pound paddlefish. Watters’ paddlefish will become the officially recognized rod-and-reel world record for the species when it is entered in scientific journals by ODWC biologists. OKLAHOMA CITY -- An Oklahoma angler may have smashed both a state and world record over the weekend. James Lukehart’s catch also eclipsed the unofficial rod-and-reel world record – a 144-pound paddlefish pulled from a Kansas pond in 2018 – by … ©2021 FOX News Network, LLC. It was common to set nets across the river channels. (The standard scientific method of measuring a paddlefish’s length is the distance from the eye to the fork of the tail.). The paddlefish is a primitive species, with a fossil record dating to the age of the dinosaurs about 75 million years ago. Only one paddlefish can be harvested a day and two per year, according to the state regulations as part of its ongoing conservation efforts for the prehistoric fish. A world-record paddlefish -- weighing in at more than 150 pounds -- has been caught at a lake in Oklahoma. Mefford called Fisheries Division staff about 10:20 a.m., saying he believed his client had just broken the current world and state paddlefish record. And anyone wanting to arrange a guided paddlefish trip can find a list of state-licensed fishing guides here on the Wildlife Department’s website. Instead, they are kept by biologists and state departments. Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Popular. Wildlife Department Paddlefish Coordinator Brandon Brown participated in Paukert’s paddlefish banding efforts in the mid-1990s at Keystone Lake. Not only did the fish prove to be the new world record for the species, but it also had a very interesting backstory to tell, said Eric Brennan, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation Northeast Region Fisheries technician. or redistributed. So this world-record fish is about 25 years old! Great story all the way around in a time when we need great stories. IDAHO MAN HOOKS 'MASSIVE' CUTTHROAT TROUT, BREAKS STATE RECORD, James Lukehart landed the possible world-breaking catch weighing 146 pounds, 11 ounces, and measuring 70.5 inches with a 45-inch girth Sunday while fishing in Keystone Lake. Pinterest. Since paddlefish are not considered “sport fish,” and must be snagged, the International Game Fish Association does not keep records on the catches, Tula World reported. My facial expressions, and I don’t think I said anything too improper, it was just total excitement.”, CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR LIFESTYLE NEWSLETTER. However, the record would be broken an additional two times in 2020. Angler Cody James Watters of Ochelata is the newest owner of the rod-and-reel world-record title, after snagging a 151-pound, 14.4-ounce giant Thursday morning, July 23. Mutual Fund and ETF data provided by Refinitiv Lipper. “We only had the fish out of the water for the shortest time possible, about three minutes total. Wish I could have been there so we could have a pic with the last two people to touch that fish — 23 years apart!". The man who reeled it in is a native of Apache, Oklahoma. A new world-record paddlefish has again been pulled from Keystone Lake near Tulsa, less than a month after the previous world record was snagged in the same lake by a client of the same fishing guide. Powered and implemented by FactSet Digital Solutions. The world record for paddlefish taken with rod and reel will likely fall to a giant 146.7-pound Oklahoma monster snagged at Keystone Lake on June 28 by James Lukehart of Edmond.. A biologist from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation met the boat at a landing and officially weighed the paddlefish at 146 pounds, 11 ounces. Miraculously, this broke an existing fishing world record that was set just one month ago. The rostrum is covered with tens of thousands of sensory receptors that enable the fish to detect weak electrical fields produced by zooplankton, its primary food. The fish most likely came from a net we set between the Jellystone Launch and the Keystone Marina north of the (State Highway) 51 bridge. The American paddlefish roams lakes and rivers of the Mississippi and Missouri basins. 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