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Fish Hooked in Root River a State Record

A Minneapolis man can brag about his big catch making the books.

Chad Wentzel landed a record 4-pound golden redhorse from a bank on Root River in Fillmore County on May 8, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Wenzel used 6-pound test line and pitched his worm presentation, the DNR said. He let the bait sit on the bottom of the river until he hooked the record breaker.

The 4-pounder beat the previous record by one ounce, the DNR said.

"Records are broken more frequently than many imagine," said Mike Kurre, coordinator of the DNR's state record fish program. "Though still a rare occurrence, catching a state record fish is always in the realm of possibility."

A total of six Minnesota fishing records have fallen since December 2011, with anglers hooking bowfin, river carpsucker, burbot, shovelnose sturgeon, warmouth and golden redhourse.

For guidelines and other records, look here.

A picture of the record-breaking golden redhorse.
Photo: Minnesota DNR

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