Missouri Fisherman Catches Record-Breaking Bass

| by Emily Smith

Missouri man Lawrence Dillman set a new state record last week after catching a 65-pound striped bass.

It took over 45 minutes for Dillman to reel in the giant fish, wrap his arms around it and pull it onto the bank. The fish was weighed at the Missouri Department of Conservation at the Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery in Taney County.

The fish weighed 65 pounds and 2 ounces. It measured 49 and ¾ inches with a girth of 36 inches. The previous state record was for a fish that weighed 60 pounds and 9 ounces.

In Missouri, fish are scaled and measured by the pole and line methods as well as the alternative methods. These includes archery, bank lines, grabbing, jug lines, snaring, spearfishing and throwlines.

Dillman reported that he will have the fish mounted and placed in the Bass Pro Shop in Springfield, Missouri.  

Sources: Fox News, ABC News / Photo Credit: ABC News