CLAY COUNTY, Mo. – According to a press release from the Missouri Department of Conservation, Mathew McConkey of Kansas City, became the most recent record-breaking fisherman in Missouri when he caught a whopper, flathead catfish on the Missouri River using a trotline. The new “alternative methods” record flathead catfish caught by McConkey on September 19, 2015, weighed 100 pounds and was 57 inches long.
McConkey said, “Once I grabbed the line I knew right away that I had big one,” and “The giant moved my 17-foot Lowe boat around like it was nothing.” The new behemoth broke the previous alternative-method state-record flathead catfish of 99 pounds caught on the Missouri River in 2010. Missouri Department of Conservation staff verified the record-weight fish using a certified scale at the post office in Liberty.
McConkey’s record-breaking flathead catfish makes eight new state-record fish for 2015. There hasn’t been this many new state records since 2002, when there were 10. MDC Fisheries Programs Specialist Andrew Branson said, “This year has been a great year for fishing for many reasons. We had a great spring where we received plenty of rain that kept our rivers and lakes full, giving fish plenty of food and numerous areas to spread out, and our summer was mild, which many anglers took to their advantage and fished more. So when the weather is great and more anglers get out on the water, that’s when we see state records broken.”