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Reservoir monsters lurk in Missouri

Even though Andy Belobraydic III had never been paddlefish snagging before, he knew monsters lurked below the murky surface of Missouri reservoirs. "I had seen pictures and had watched videos of some of the huge paddlefish people catch," said Belobraydic, 33, of Richwoods, Mo. "I thought, 'If I get lucky, maybe I'll catch a 50-pound fish.' " Belobraydic got lucky all right. He more than doubled his goal. Snagging with friends at Table Rock Lake recently, he winched in a true monster that still has fishermen across Missouri in awe. The paddlefish weighed 140 pounds, 9 ounces, and measured 563/4 inches in length and 433/4 inches in girth. That fish broke the state record of 139 pounds, ...

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