JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A mid-Missouri man recently reeled in a “blue sucker” fish that not only represents a new state record, but possibly a world record too.
Auxvasse resident Travis Uebinger went fishing on the Osage River on Jan. 15, catching an 11-pound, 5-ounce blue sucker.
The Missouri Department of Conservation recently confirmed that Uebinger’s catch broke a state record from 1997. The previous record for blue sucker was a 9-pound, 14-ounce fish caught on the Missouri River.
Uebinger said he was out fishing with a good friend that day in hopes for white bass or walleye. He used the pole-and-line method, ending up with a state record.
“We were really targeting a whole bag – anything that would bite,” Uebinger told MDC. “We were on my friend’s new boat, trying it out, when I reeled it in. I didn’t know what it was, a sucker or a carp. It was my friend who said it could be a state record.”
MDC notes that the blue sucker could also represent a new world record. The current record stands at only 2 pounds and 12 ounces.
However, the world record organization only recognizes fish taken by pole-and-line. Uebinger could potentially qualify for the official world record since his fish was not captured with commercial fishing gear.
“That would be amazing to have a world record,” said Uebinger. “Especially on a fish you weren’t targeting.”
MDC has not disclosed whether documentation will be submitted for this to be considered a new world record.
Uebinger’s catch is, at least, considered to be the first state-record fish of 2023. For a closer look at other Missouri state records, click here.