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Science and the Environment

Neosho Man Hooks Record Brown Trout

MO Department of Conservation

A Neosho man is the most recent record-breaking angler in Missouri.  Paul Crews hooked a brown trout on Lake Taneycomo using a rod and reel.

The new pole and line record brown trout caught in February 23 weighed 34 pounds, 10 ounces.  That beats the previous record by six pounds and two ounces.

Crews and his partner, Jim Rayfield Sr., were fishing in the Vince Elfrink Memorial Tournament when he caught the record-breaking fish.  He said he fought the fish from one side of the lake to the other and back, and after about 20 minutes, they were able to net it and get it into the boat.

He had a feeling they’d won the tournament, but he had no idea he was now a state record holder.  He took pictures of the big fish and got the dimensions to make a replica, then he released the brown trout back into Lake Taneycomo.