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Attention all fishing enthusiasts! A man in Missouri recently made an unbelievable catch while catfishing on the Gasconade River. Chandler Lee Tudor, a lucky angler, reeled in a prehistoric fish measuring a whopping 4 feet long!
According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, Tudor was trying to catch a catfish using worms as bait at the Riddle Bridge Access when he felt a tug on his line. Little did he know that he was about to hook one of the most sought-after catches of all time.
The Missouri Department of Conservation identified the fish as a lake sturgeon, a large and ancient species that inhabit the Missouri and Mississippi River systems. These fish can grow up to a massive 8 feet in length and weigh as much as 300 pounds! How incredible is that?
However, as exciting as this catch was, it’s important to note that lake sturgeon are currently an endangered species in Missouri and must be returned to the water if caught.
So, that’s precisely what Tudor did. After taking a quick snapshot to document his catch, the fish was immediately released back into the Gasconade River where it belongs.
It’s always thrilling to hear about fishermen who catch such remarkable fish, especially when they are an endangered species like this lake sturgeon.
Tudor’s catch is a reminder of how crucial it is to preserve our natural resources and protect our environment so that these prehistoric creatures can continue to exist for generations to come.
So next time you’re out fishing, remember to do your part in conserving our precious wildlife, and you never know, you might just land the catch of a lifetime!