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AUGUSTA ANGLER SNAGS STATE-RECORD GIZZARD SHAD
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Lucas Bond
Apr 08, 2019
ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. - The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports Brian Rehmeier of Augusta became the most recent record-breaking angler in Missouri when he snagged a gizzard shad on Bigelow Creek in St. Charles County. The new "alternative method" record fish caught by Rehmeier on March 20 weighed 2 pounds, 10 ounces with a length of 17.9 inches. Rehmeier's recent catch broke the previous state-record of a 2-pound, 6-ounce caught in 2017.

"I was trying to catch Asian carp when I snagged the gizzard shad," Rehmeier said. "I knew the shad I caught was pretty big, but never thought it would be a state record."

Rehmeier added he was planning on using the shad for catfish bait, but once he checked the fishing state records that changed.

"I was pretty surprised to learn the fish I snagged would now be the new state record," he said. "It's not the coolest state-record fish, but I'll take it!"

MDC staff verified the gizzard shad's weight by weighing it on a certified scale at the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area.

Rehmeier said he plans to mount his state-record gizzard shad.

"2019 is shaping up to be a year for state-record fish," said MDC Fisheries Programs Specialist Andrew Branson. "The gorgeous weather we are beginning to have this year means more anglers are fishing and catching big fish."

Missouri state-record fish are recognized in two categories: pole-and-line and alternative methods. Alternative methods include: throwlines, trotlines, limb lines, bank lines, jug lines, spearfishing, snagging, snaring, gigging, grabbing, archery, and atlatl. For more information on state-record fish, visit the MDC website at http://on.mo.gov/2efq1vl.
 

· Máistir an pointe hocht.
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Hope he has a good taxidermist.... :D

Congratulations to Brian Rehmeier on breaking the state record by snagging a 2-pound, 10-ounce gizzard shad on Bigelow Creek. (Photo left to right: Brian Rehmeier, Jack Rehmeier, and Emma Rehmeier).
 

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I'm pretty sure gizzard shad are the most majestic of the shad.
 
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· Máistir an pointe hocht.
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I'm pretty sure gizzard shad are the most majestic of the shad.
Gizzard shad, and Skipjack herring are both actually herring. Skipjack being most Majestic of the two. :wave1: Maybe we can turn this into an argument similar to Old World/New World pigs and are they hogs peccaries type of thing. JIC people are looking for a new thing to argue about. :wave1:

For me, both great fish, don't really have a strong belief as to which one is most majestic. :wave1:

Discuss. :tup:
 

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From MDC website.... JIC you have more interest into the wonderful world of the Gizzard Shad.

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Only two species in this group - the skipjack herring and gizzard shad - are common and large enough to be on Missouri's fishing records list. Their flesh is bony, oily, and flavorless, but they make superb live or cut bait for catfish.

Skipjacks can exceed 20 inches and 3 pounds. These schooling, migratory fish are most common in the Mississippi River south of the mouth of the Ohio River. However, schools of skipjacks occasionally visit the Current River and the Osage, Meramec, and other major tributaries of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers.

Minnows and other small fish make up the bulk of skipjacks' diet. They often congregate below dams or in the swirling eddies around major river junctions. Sometimes they join white bass in feeding schools. If you find "skippers" feeding near the surface, tie two or three jigs on your line and cast into the melee. You will often bring back as many skipjacks as you have hooks. When hooked, they leap and skip along the surface, as their name implies.

The gizzard shad is similar in appearance and size to the skipjack. It is named for the muscular stomach that grinds up algae and tiny insect larvae that it eats. The gizzard shad is found in streams statewide. However, its food preference makes it difficult to catch on hook and line.
 

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Do they keep records for crawdads? You may have caught a state record. :wave1:
I saw one in a creek that looked about the size of a lobster in the tank at the grocery store. I'd bet that was a state record but I couldn't get a hold of that SOB.
 

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Where is Bigelow Creek located in St Charles County? Not looking for specifics just a general idea.
 

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I caught a state record bullhead and ate it. Didn't know it was the record until later. O well, it was good!!
 
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