(UPI) A 13-year-old Missouri boy caught a longear sunfish that weighed 5 ounces, breaking a record that was set by his own father exactly one year earlier.
The Missouri Department of Conservation said St. Louis resident Robert "RJ" Audrain IV, 13, was fishing in a private pond July 3 in Franklin County when he caught the 5-ounce fish.
The department said the previous state record for a longear sunfish was set by Audrain's father on the same date in 2020, when he reeled in a 4-ounce fish from the same pond.
"We were at the lake fishing all day and having fun," the younger Audrain told MDC officials. I was using my handline and after about 5 minutes of trying I pulled out the fish. I'm really proud of myself and pretty competitive so it's cool I beat my dad's record.
Audrain said his record-setting fish will be mounted at his home, next to the fish his father caught last year.
"We were actually joking that it would be funny if we had a new record on the wall each year that is an ounce bigger," he said. I think we're definitely going to keep trying to break our records.Copyright 2021 by United Press International