With the summer upon us and deer season still a few months away, many of us are in need of entertainment in the great outdoors. Although there are plenty of preparations we can make for the upcoming whitetail season in Missouri, there is also the option to relax and have fun now that warmer weather is upon us. Whether you wish to kick back and participate in a laidback activity or get out and play hard, there is something for everyone to enjoy this time of year.
One such way to entertain ourselves is via the popular pastime that is fishing. Whether it is for food or sport, fishing is a tranquil way to enjoy the summer. Participation can be done from a boat or lake/pond shore, allowing you to fully embrace beautiful days while dreaming of record bucks to come. Or you can go ahead and stop dreaming of record bucks and start catching record fish just like Lawrence Dillman did.
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On May 21st while fishing at Bull Shoals Lake, a man by the name of Lawrence Dillman brought home a new state record. He was actually sleeping at 2AM when time the fish hit and was woken up to what turned out to be music to his ears: the singing of his Penn reel as the fish took off with the 6" chub minnow he was using as bait. His fish, a striped bass, was caught with a rod and reel to become the new pole and line record. This fish, caught on 20 pound test fishing line, is every bit of 65 pounds and 2 ounces. This whopper also measures 49 and 3/4 inches in length with a 36 inch girth, making it an impressive catch for Dillman as well as one for the record books of the Missouri Department of Conservation.
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According to the MDOC website, Dillman had the following to say about his catch:
"I fought the giant for over 45 minutes until I got him to shallow water," Dillman said. "I then bear hugged the fish and got it out of the water on to the bank."
Though the fish actually broke the scale Dillman himself tried to weigh it with, the record breaking bass was weighed and measured by a Missouri Department of Conservation staff. A certified scale was used for accuracy and compliance to ensure the new record was fully validated. Since then, Mr. Dillman has taken his prize fish to Bass Pro for mounting. He also spoke of plans to return to Missouri freshwater fishing in short order in hopes of breaking his own record in the future.
The record for pole and line that was broken by Dillman was caught from shore on Bull Shoals Lake, just below Powersite Dam. The previous record holding fish weighed in at 60 pounds and 9 ounces. It was caught in 2011, holding record status for approximately four years. Prior records were broken in 2008 and 2010 at Bull Shoals Lake, which was at one time stocked by Arkansas game officials. Those fish have since grown to immense sizes, such as the one Dillman reeled in.
With lake monsters such as this in mind, will you be spending your summertime fishing for a record breaker of your own? Has the successful fishing at Bull Shoals Lake in the past motivated you to visit yourself? Tell us your fishing plans and stories in the comments!