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Poplar Bluff angler receives certification for world-record catch

Back in April, Tyler Goodale caught a new Missouri state-record spotted sucker at Duck Creek...
Back in April, Tyler Goodale caught a new Missouri state-record spotted sucker at Duck Creek Conservation Area.(Missouri Department of Conservation)
Updated: Nov. 6, 2020 at 2:23 PM CST
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BUTLER COUNTY, Mo. (KFVS) - A Poplar Bluff angler received certification for his world-record catch on April 1.

CONGRATULATIONS to Tyler Goodale of Poplar Bluff on the recent certification of his world-record spotted sucker caught at Duck Creek Conservation Area back on April 1.

Posted by Missouri Dept. of Conservation on Friday, November 6, 2020

Back in April, Tyler Goodale caught a new state-record spotted sucker.

According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, the 5-pound, 4-ounce fish not only broke the previous state record, a 3-pound, 10-ounce fish caught in 2014 also by Goodale, but also qualified for the world record.

Goodale was fishing at Duck Creek Conservation Area when he caught the fish using the pole-and-line method.

MDC staff verified the fish’s weight using a certified scale at its Southeast Regional Office in Cape Girardeau. This was the fifth state record fish of 2020.

Goodale was familiar with spotted sucker because he spent time researching them with MDC as a volunteer.

“I’ve put a lot of homework into this species and I’ve put in a lot of time,” he explained in April. “They always spawn in April and always spawn in the west side of the pool. They’re a temperamental fish and not that easy to catch. You really need to know what to look for. You only have about a five-to-ten second window once you present them with bait.”

Goodale said he’s enjoyed fishing at Duck Creek for more than 30 years.

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