For angler Justin Hamlin, it’s the story of the large fish that acquired 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 report if not for a state regulation, officers advised the Tulsa World.
His Valentine’s Day monster catch was probably the largest paddlefish ever caught, however will probably by no means seem within the report books as a result of it was caught on a Friday, one in all two days that the state’s catch-and-release legislation applies, the newspaper reported.
The state regulation requires that fish caught Mondays and Fridays be launched instantly.
Those self same rules say paddlefishers on different days could maintain solely one of many species in a day’s fishing, forcing them to cease as quickly as one is stored.
The fish measured 60.5 inches from tail-to eye with a girth of 45.25 inches, the World reported.
Hamlin mentioned in his Valentine’s outing together with his spouse — by 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 mentioned.