According to Outdoor Hub, Ben Fraley and David Warren were bowfishing together on March 23 when Fraley first hooked into a 10-pound bowfin, breaking the standing Missouri record, which was set at 9 pounds, 2 ounces. It wasn’t long until Warren stuck an even bigger fishing, and has set the Show Me State record at 11 pounds, 4 ounces.
Knowing the standing record, Warren called the Missouri Department of Conservation, and the friends logically entered the larger fish for certification. Though, officials have pointed out that both men could have technically held the record since Fraley’s 10-pound fish was caught first. Just not for that long.
Warren has officially been notified as the new holder of the record for bowfin taken by methods other than hand-held pole and line. Fraley will still get recognition through the Missouri Department of Conservation‘s Master Angler program. –Brian McClintock