Another record has been broken in Missouri, with the catch of a 100-pound flathead catfish on a trotline in the Missouri River in Clay County.
Mathew McConkey of Kansas City is credited with the catch, brought in last Saturday morning. The previous record flathead was 99 pounds and was caught on the Missouri River in 2010.
McConkey told the Department of Conservation he has skinned the fish and put it in his freezer to be eaten later, but took measurements so a replica could be made.
Trotlines are considered an “alternative method” in Missouri’s record books, along with methods like bow fishing and snagging. The biggest flathead catfish caught on a pole and line in Missouri was 77 pounds and eight ounces, in 2003.
Eight records have been set by anglers in Missouri this year, including record striped bass, bigmouth buffalo, river carpsucker, blue catfish, paddlefish, and gizzard shad.