Shakopee Man Matches Own Catch-and-Release Length Record with 49-Inch Flathead Catfish

June 12, 2017 06:58 PM

An angler from Shakopee tied his own state record in the catch-and-release length category last month when he reeled in a 49-inch flathead catfish.

Jake Robinson caught the catfish May 15 on the Minnesota River near Savage, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The fish had a girth of 33.5 inches, which was identical to the fish he caught on June 7 of 2016 that set the previous record.

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Officials with the DNR state that the two fish have different markings and appear to be two distinct fish.

"I have 11 years of targeting flathead cats and suggest to new anglers to stay on the move every 20 minutes if you don't get a bite," Robinson said in a statement about the advice he would give to anglers interested in targeting flathead catfish.

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