Heartland man catches world record spotted gar

Updated: Apr. 20, 2021 at 8:37 AM CDT
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WAYNE COUNTY, Mo. (KFVS) - A Heartland man has snagged a new world record and a new state record at Wappapello Lake.

Devlin Rich, of Williamsville, reeled in a 10-pound, 9-ounce spotted gar on February 25.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) said the catch shattered not only the state record, but the world record of 9-pounds, 12-ounces set in 1994.

MDC staff verified Rich’s record-breaking catch on a certified scale in Williamsville.

This is the second state record caught in 2021.

Rich used a pole-and-line to catch the fish at Wappapello Lake.

MDC said gar are seldom taken on hook-and-line, due to their hard-bony jaws.

Many use a bow to catch gar because the fish often stay near the surface of the water.

The Missouri record for a spotted gar taken with a bow was 9-pounds, 15-ounces, which was also harvested at Wappapello Lake in 2011.

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