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November 19, 2012
Texas Angler Lands Record 7-Pound Goldfish - 10
Angler John Wiseman was night-fishing for crappie and catfish at Lake Tawakoni in Texas this summer when he inadvertently reeled in a giant goldfish, reports the Lone Star Outdoor News.
In June, Wiseman caught the lake's record 41-pound Bigmouth buffalo with dough bait made from Big Red and Wheaties. But three days later the bait wasn't helping, and he seemed to be in for a slow night.
"I hadn’t caught a fish for about three hours when he hit, and I didn’t think much of it," Wiseman told LSON. "He felt like another 6 or 7-pound carp, until he came up and I saw his fins."
Although the goldfish was an unusual catch, Wiseman still planned to release it. But one of the marina workers among the crowd of onlookers told him the goldfish might be a record. So Wiseman kept his catch and weighed the goldfish at 7.24 pounds. The previous record was about five pounds, making Wiseman's goldfish the new Texas state record.
“While it’s prestigious, it’s hilarious,” he said. “You live your whole life wanting to catch a record and then you catch a damn goldfish.”
Game wardens checked confirmed the goldfish identification a few days later, and recently certified its place in the record books.