TOPEKA, Kan. — A local angler who hooked a rare “one in a million” fish while on the Kansas River shared his experience with sister station KSNT.
Kevin Zirjacks wasn’t looking to catch anything particularly special when he started casting lines into the Kansas River in late November.
As luck would have it, he hooked a fish so rare in Kansas that only 15 have reportedly been caught in the last 25 years, according to the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks.
Zirjacks was out with his spinning rod and reel combo using nightcrawlers for bait in an area about half a mile upstream on the Kansas River from where it meets the Missouri River when he felt something hit his bait.
Thinking that he’d hooked a carp or buffalo fish, he began reeling in. It wasn’t until he saw what was on his line jump out of the water that he knew he had something else.
“What really let…