A man from Idaho has broken the state’s 13-year northern pike fishing record with a catch that was more than half a pound heavier than its predecessor.
Thomas Francis reeled in a 40.76-pound northern pike from Hayden Lake in North Idaho, according to a press release and Facebook post shared by the Idaho Fish and Game (IDFG).
On Friday, March 24, the government-operated fishing and hunting agency, revealed Francis caught the record-breaking pike, which measured 49 inches in length and 26.5 inches in girth.
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Photos of Francis holding the record-breaking pike show the length of the fish is wider than his shoulders.
Certified Weight Fish Records on the IDFG website say Francis caught his record-breaking northern pike on Tuesday, March 21.