JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Setting a state fishing record is a noteworthy occasion. Imagine doing it twice on the same fishing trip.
Tyler Goodale of Doniphan, Missouri, who holds the current world record for spotted sucker (5 pounds, 4 ounces), caught a pair of 11-ounce fliers at the Duck Creek Conservation Area using a basic pole-and-line method.
The Missouri Department of Conservation confirmed the weights and sizes using a certified scale in Wappapello. The previous state record was set in 1991, when a fisherman caught a 10-ounce flier at a private pond.
According to the MDC, fliers like clear, quiet bodies of water with little current, and a mud bottom. The largest populations of fliers are located at Duck Creek and the nearby Mingo National…