Richard Bradshaw of Winona became the most recent state-record-fish breaker in Missouri when he gigged a northern hog sucker on the Current River in Carter County. The new “alternative method” record fish caught by Bradshaw on Jan. 27 weighed 2 pounds, 12 ounces with a length of 18.6 inches. Bradshaw’s recent catch broke the previous state record by 4 ounces. Now you know they keep records of such noteworthy accomplishments (bait was unspecified).
The northern hogsucker is native to southern Canada and much of the eastern and southern United States. It lives in the rivers of the Mississippi River Basin, yadda, yadda, yadda. If you are a southern trout fisherman and have not caught your share of these ugly fish, well then you are fishing northern hog sucker free waters where there isn’t any trout. I’ll check with my cousin Stinky to see if they are as good to eat as hornyheads.