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Record fish gives angler a workout
Horstman’s crappie sets state standard.


By JIM LOW of the Missouri Department of Conservation
Published Monday, May 15, 2006
John Horstman had not been pumping iron before he hooked a state-record black crappie, but he got a little workout landing the fish, which broke Missouri’s state pole-and-line record and could be an international record, too.

Horstman and his son, Doug, were on a sort of annual trip April 21. Doug is a certified public accountant, and after the rush of tax season passes each year, he and his dad take a few fishing trips. They had permission to fish a private lake in their home area of rural Callaway County and started fishing around 9 a.m. It was their first time there.

They were fishing with live minnows, hooking the bait fish through the lips, from the bottom up. By 11 a.m. they had caught several nice crappie, including a 15-incher and a slightly shorter one that Doug boated. Then John hooked a monster.

"We could tell it was big," John Horstman said, "but we couldn’t tell what it was until it got up close to the boat. When we saw it, we knew it was a good crappie."

The fish fought hard, making several strong runs that taxed John’s spincast reel. He was pretty sure his 14-pound-test line would hold, but he worried that the fish might straighten out his No. 4 wire hook.

"Then it got tangled around the anchor rope, of course," he said.

After a few tense moments, Doug grabbed the fish by lip and John grabbed the anchor, and they lifted both into the boat. They put the 19-inch black crappie in the boat’s live well and then went back to fishing, but the morning’s action was over, so they went home. When they got there, they put John’s big crappie on a scale.

"It weighed a little over 5 pounds on that scale, so we got kind of excited," he said. "Until then, we thought it probably weighed around 4 pounds."

Doug called the Missouri Department of Conservation and learned that the state record for a black crappie was 4.5 pounds. The next stop was the MDC headquarters in Jefferson City. With Fisheries Programs supervisor in tow, they went to the produce department at the Gerbes grocery store in Jefferson City, where the scale showed that Horstman’s fish weighed 5.02 pounds.

The MDC has certified the fish as a state record. The previous record dates to 1967, when Ray Bab**** of Independence caught a 4-pound, 8-ounce black crappie from a farm pond in Clay County. The state record for the closely related white crappie belongs to Samuel H. Barbee of Poplar Bluff, who caught a 4-pound, 9-ounce fish of that species from a farm pond in 2000.

Horstman’s fish is larger than the current all-tackle record listed by the International Game Fish Association in Dania Beach, Fla. Two fish are tied for their record. Both those fish weighed 4.5 pounds.

Horstman’s fish is destined for fame regardless of whether it becomes an IGFA all-tackle record. He donated his lunker - still swimming - to Bass Pro Shops. It will be kept in quarantine and eventually go on display in an aquarium at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Springfield.

Horstman, 69, does a lot of fishing. Mostly he fishes in small Missouri River tributaries and blue holes gouged out by the flood of 1993. He said he has not been back to the record-producing lake to fish since his big catch.
 

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WOW!!!!!!

Think that guy has a list of folks wanting to go fishing with him at that private lake? :eek:
 

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I'd love to hook into one that big. Those 13-15 inchers sure are a rareity around here. I guess my biggest has been around 2 Pounds. I need to get me a fish scale weight. Any reccomendations of what type, and does Wal-Mart sock them? :pop:
 

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I know John and Doug -- just talked to Doug. Going to see about getting a pic. Apparently it may actually be a world record as well.

John's sister in law, Diane Horstman, used to (maybe still does) hold the state record for bullhead (about 4.25 lbs)
 

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Originally posted by Booches
I know John and Doug -- just talked to Doug. Going to see about getting a pic. Apparently it may actually be a world record as well.

John's sister in law, Diane Horstman, used to (maybe still does) hold the state record for bullhead (about 4.25 lbs)
Wow booches.. yes, get a picture if you can.
Tis a dandy crappie!!
 

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Outdoorsman, I bought a Berkely one that can measure up to 50 pounds. I have tried it on many things and believe it is extremely accurate.
 

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Originally posted by caf4
Outdoorsman, I bought a Berkely one that can measure up to 50 pounds. I have tried it on many things and believe it is extremely accurate.
Thanks Caf4, you purchase it at Wal-Mart? And... is it digital? :pop:

Wow Booches that is one huge black Crappie! :eek:
 

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I asked Doug if he thought it was full of eggs - since they gave it to BP alive, they don't know - but they don't think it was, as it wasn't as fat down low as you expect when they have eggs.

Doug also told me "It's a good thing I was there, or we would've never known how big it is. You know Dad, he would've just fileted it".
 

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That looks like just what I need. Wonder why the 30 pound Scale is higher than the 50 pound scale :confused: More features perhaps.

Oh I see... it says the 50 pound one has a different design, and uses different Batteries. I think I'll go with the 30 pound one. Thanks Caf4... I'll try Dennis Outdoors here in Town. :wave:
 
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