State record blue sucker

Bryant Rackers of Bonnots Mill became the most recent record-breaking angler in Missouri when he snagged a blue sucker on the Osage River. The new “alternative method” record fish snagged by Rackers on April 21 weighed 9 pounds, 1 ounce, with a length of 30 inches. Rackers’ recent catch broke the previous state-record of 7 pounds, 6 ounces, caught in 1980. “I knew I snagged a couple pretty nice fish that day, but I didn’t think anything about it until I weighed the larger blue sucker, and after checking online I realized I had a new state record fish,” Rackers said. MDC staff verified the blue sucker’s weight by weighing it on a certified scale in Jefferson City. “This hopefully won’t be the last time you see my name because I’m going after other state records now,” Rackers said. Missouri state-record fish are recognized in two categories: pole-and-line and alternative methods, which include: throwlines, trotlines, limb lines, bank lines, jug lines, spear-fishing, snagging, snaring, gigging, grabbing, archery, and atlatl. For more information on state-record fish, visit

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