Tuesday, January 31st, 2023
Tuesday, January 31st, 2023

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Montana man ties state record by catching 3.7-ounce fish

Kalispell, Mont. (AP) – Here’s a fish tale that could use a
little exaggeration.

A Kalispell man ice fishing on Bitterroot Lake in northwestern
Montana on Tuesday caught a fish so big that it tied a state
record. The pygmy whitefish weighed in at a whopping 3.7 ounces and
measured 8 1/4 inches.

“My arm is still hurting,” joked Eric Tullett, who reeled in the
fish with a glow hook and maggot. Tullett’s catch tied the state
record held by two other anglers, who caught 3.7-ounce pygmies in
February 2005.

The bottom dwellers feed on tiny zooplankton, bottom insects and
mysis shrimp. Jim Vashro, a fisheries manager for Montana Fish,
Wildlife and Parks, says the nonnative shrimp may be responsible
for an increase in growth rates among pygmy whitefish.

So Tullett can brag for now, but it has been said that records
are made to be broken

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