Poplar Bluff man catches record-breaking hog sucker
Jeff Rowland of Poplar Bluff became the most recent record-breaking angler in Missouri when he gigged a northern hog sucker on the Current River in Ripley County, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation. The new “alternative method” record fish caught by Rowland on Oct. 15 weighed 2 pounds, 8 ounces with a length of 18.3 inches. Rowland’s recent catch broke the previous state-record held by his cousin of a 2-pound, 3-ounce northern hog sucker gigged in 2010. MDC staff verified the northern hog sucker’s weight by weighing on a certified scale in West Plains. Missouri state-record fish are recognized in two categories: pole-and-line and alternative methods (throwlines, trotlines, limb lines, bank lines, jug lines, spearfishing, snagging, snaring, gigging, grabbing, archery, and atlatl). For more information on state-record fish, visit http://on.mo.gov/2efq1vl.