//Oklahoma catch-and-release regulation forces angler to let go of monstrous 157-lb. paddlefish

Oklahoma catch-and-release regulation forces angler to let go of monstrous 157-lb. paddlefish

For angler Justin Hamlin, it’s the story of the massive fish that obtained away.

Fishing in Oklahoma’s Keystone Lake within the northeastern a part of the state Friday, Hamlin caught an enormous, 157-lb. paddlefish that may have shattered a world document if not for a state regulation, officers instructed the Tulsa World.

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His Valentine’s Day monster catch was doubtless the largest paddlefish ever caught, however will doubtless by no means seem within the document books as a result of it was caught on a Friday, one in all two days that the state’s catch-and-release regulation applies, the newspaper reported.

The state regulation requires that fish caught Mondays and Fridays be launched instantly.

Justin Hamlin of Kerryville, Okla., caught a whopping 157-lb. paddlefish on Valentine's Day while fishing at Keystone Lake. State law forced him to return the fish to the water because Mondays and Fridays are catch-and-release days. (Oklahoma Department of Wildlife)

Justin Hamlin of Kerryville, Okla., caught a whopping 157-lb. paddlefish on Valentine’s Day whereas fishing at Keystone Lake. State regulation pressured him to return the fish to the water as a result of Mondays and Fridays are catch-and-release days. (Oklahoma Division of Wildlife)

Those self same rules say paddlefishers on different days could hold solely one of many species in a day’s fishing, forcing them to cease as quickly as one is saved.

The fish measured 60.5 inches from tail-to eye with a girth of 45.25 inches, the World reported.

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Hamlin stated in his Valentine’s outing together with his spouse — during which they caught 5 different fish — he was excited by the catch because the paddlefish fought him 3 times earlier than he introduced it in.

“It would come up to where you could see it and it would take off again,” he stated.