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Big Fish Fridays: Huge redear

May 21, 2010 at 03:18 PM

Only after he caught and released this huge redear sunfish did John McKinty start pondering whether he might have had his hands on a state record.

No question, the 12-inch redear McKinty caught in early May out of a rural Knox County farm pond was huge.

The fish weighed 2.5 pounds and was 2.5 inches thick.

But was it a record?

Nope. That title belongs to a 2-pound, 12.3-ounce redear caught by Mike DeMattei on Sept. 7, 1985 out of the Marion Country Club Lake in Williamson County.

But given that McKinty released his fish, there’s always a chance the record could fall late this fall or even next year. Only time will tell.

 

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Nice fish…......but

Posted by illin on 05/21 at 07:10 PM

That would look good on the end of my 4Wt fly rod!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/22 at 12:34 AM

He would be @ the taxidermist right NOW!

Posted by HawgNSonsTV on 05/22 at 07:53 AM

keep feeding the fish dog food John

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/22 at 08:53 PM

I wonder if he thinks he should of kept it. At the age of that redear it could be near the end of its lifespan or maybe not, I guess thats always a dilemma when catching huge fish like that.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/27 at 07:34 PM

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