We started a trip way down south for white crappie and shortnose gar being the targets and if we had time on the way back we had some ultra lights for orange spots. When we got to the white crappie lake there were guys there with huge nets going across the lake catching and killing carp and roughfish, the only white crappies we seen were dead ones and almost dead ones floating on the lake from being stuck in the nets. I got my good medium weight pole snagged in some weeds and when I tried pulling it out it snapped right in half. This trip was turning bad really fast.
We packed up after a short debate to go home or go for gar (now with me using my ultra light and 5 pound mono) that didn't sound like a super good combo for a toothy gar. We headed back north closer to home where we were more familiar with the area. The water was murky and super hard to see in, but we started casting out bobbers and minnows hoping for a gar or crappie or any other minnow eaters in the area, we had several bites and hook ups, but they kept gettin off before we could see what they were, drum, bullheads, crappie maybe? The bobbers would slowly sink down like a crappie bite not like an excited slam from a bigger fish, finally I hooked up with one bigger then this one and was pretty sure it was a gar (my dad was pretty sure it was a northern) cuz we seen just a quick flash of a long body by the boat. The day was going by fast and we had a long drive to finish home yet, we talked about what if's and next times. We fished some more and missed some more then I was able to get a solid hook set with my light pole this one we got to the boat and in the net just in time as it fell off in the net, it was in fact a shortnose! Awesome another cool new lifer! We went to shore to measure, photo, and weigh her for my scrapbook and upon weighing her our scale read well over 5 pounds and very close to 6. Dad thought the record was only 4 something so told me not to let her go quite yet, so I put her in the net and back in the water so she could breathe. It took a while to find and I was about to dump her back in her home when he told me the record for MN was 4 pounds 9 ounces and 34 inches long caught in the early fall of 1984. Mine was shorter but super fat and chuck full of eggs. That's when we both got super excited and didn't know what to do. We really wanted to let her go,but if she was really a new record this was a once in a lifetime fish. We decided to keep her and after driving around all night to try and find a state certified scale on the way home we ended up having to leaver her in a plastic bag in a cooler full of ice, losing weight, until this morning when we located one at our locker plant in our home town. She tipped the certified scale at 5 pounds 4.48 ounces exactly! YEESSS!! She hadn't died for nothing after all, she is going to be mounted and will with any luck live in the record book for a very long time!! My coolest fish ever!! 8)