Indiana Fisherman Breaks Burbot Record Twice in One Day

Indiana Fisherman Breaks Burbot Record Twice in One Day
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After Scott Skafar caught his second giant burbot, he figured he should check their weight

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Skafar with his two record-setting burbot. Facebook / Scott Skafar

They say the holidays can be a magical time. Scott Skafar from Valparaiso, Indiana certainly felt the magic of New Year’s Eve when he reeled in not one, but two potential state record burbot from Lake Michigan.

The current record of 7 pounds 11 ounces was set 33 years ago on Lake Michigan. Skafar’s fish tipped the scales at 9 pounds 8 ounces and 10 pounds 2 ounces, flattening Larry Malicki’s fish. But Skafar almost didn’t act on his catch.

“The first one, I really didn’t think nothing of it,” Skafar told the McClatchy News. “[I] just kind of caught the fish and we put it in the live well for a while.”

Shortly after, another giant burbot ended up on his line, bigger than the last one. At this point, he looked up the state record…

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