He opened the books to see that there was no current gizzard shad record for fish caught "alternatively." Missouri keeps two sets of records, rod-and-reel, and alternative. Being a wizard with a gig (a pitchfork-like device used to spear fish) Crouch set out to get himself in the record books.
And, with this 1.5-pound gizzard shad, that he did. According to Area Wide News, Crouch was gigging with his family on Missouri's Beaver Creek on January 15 when he got the shad, just certified this past week.