Oklahoma man sets Missouri fish record

Monday, April 22, 2013 | 7:40 a.m. CDT; updated 3:50 p.m. CDT, Monday, April 22, 2013

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Department of Conservation says an Oklahoma man has set a state fish-record.

Chris Kimble caught a longnose gar weighing 35 pounds, 9 ounces at Bull Shoals Lake. The fish surpassed the previous state record of 34 pounds, 7 ounces.

Kimble took the gar while bow-fishing earlier in the month, but it was just recently certified by the Conservation Department.

The longnose gar is a cylindrical fish with a long and narrow snout, usually measuring 24 to 36 inches long and weighing only around 6 pounds. The fish typically inhabits stream backwaters and deep, open-water areas of lakes.

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