MDC: Callaway County man catches world-record blue sucker
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMIZ)
The Missouri Department of Conservation announced a fish caught by Travis Uebinger of Auxvasse, set a world record.
Uebinger caught an 11-pound, 5-ounce blue sucker on Jan. 15 at the Osage River, according to a press release. It’s the first Missouri record broken this year. The previous record for a blue sucker in Missouri was 9 pounds, 14 ounces, which was caught in 1997 at the Missouri River.
“We were really targeting a whole bag – anything that would bite,” Uebinger said in the MDC press release. “We were on my friend’s new boat, trying it out, when I reeled it in. I didn’t know what it was, a sucker or a carp. It was my friend who said it could be a state record.”
MDC staff verified the fish’s weight using a certified scale in Jefferson City, the release stated. The world record organization only recognizes fish taken by pole-and-line and not fish taken with commercial fishing gear.
Missouri state record fish are recognized in two categories: Pole-and-line and alternative methods. Alternative methods include: Trotline, throwline, limb line, bank line, jug line, gig, bow, crossbow, underwater spearfishing, snagging, snaring, grabbing or atlatl.