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Mid-Missouri 11-year-old reels in record-breaking catch

Maverick Yoakum of Dixon became the most recent record-breaking angler in Missouri (Missouri Department of Conservation)

When you're 11 years old, setting a world record is probably the last thing on your mind.

That is exactly what Dixon native Maverick Yoakum may have done after reeling in a river redhorse weighing 10 pounds and 3 ounces. The Missouri Department of Conservation stated Yoakum caught the fish March 4 on Tavern Creek using a rod and reel.

“I fought the fish for about two to three minutes before I got it to the bank,” Yoakum said in a release. “I thought I caught a pretty big fish, but I didn’t know it was a state record until my dad told me to look it up online. I’m super excited to hold a state record!”

The previous state-record and world record pole-and-line river redhorse of 9 pounds and 13 ounces caught at Tavern Creek in 2016. Yoakum was using worms when he caught the fish. MDC staff verified the record-weight fish using a certified scale in Brinktown.

Yoakum’s fish also beat the current world record, pending verification by the International Game Fish Association (IFGA). While the river redhorse does get much larger, IFGA only recognizes fish taken by pole and line.

“Larger river redhorses are usually taken by gigging and do not qualify for the IGFA world record,” MDC Fisheries Programs Specialist Andrew Branson said. “Conservation makes Missouri a great place to fish and this new unique record clearly shows why. This fish could possibly be the largest river redhorse ever taken with a pole and line.”

River redhorse fish are part of the sucker family. They are a moderately chubby, coarse-scaled fish with a dorsal fin containing 12 or 13 rays. These fish can be found mostly throughout the Ozarks.

To read more about the catch, click here.

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