SPRINGFIELD (FOX42) – It weighs in at 23 pounds but its length is what the Nebraska Games and Park are excited about. Taylor Foral, on the banks of the Platte River caught a 55 and a half-inch long-nosed gar Saturday evening. The fish breaks the species state record dating back to 1991.
"Fish like that don't come around everyday," Foral said.
Foral has been fishing for 25 years but he has never caught a fish this big. He tells Fox 42 News he was inside eating while the line was cast into the river. When they came back out around 9:00 PM (CDT) the fish was caught.
"We had fun and it was a good time and it is something I will never forget," he said.
Foral said the fish died before it could be stuffed and mounted. He tells Fox 42 News he plans to eat it instead.
Foral joins 12 other people from the Omaha area to hold state fishing records. The largest fish caught in the state was a 100-pound Blue Catfish caught by Raynold Promes of Whynot, Nebraska in 1970.
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