North Dakota Angler Catches State-Record Burbot

North Dakota Angler Catches State-Record Burbot
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Shane Johnson and his buddy Brandon Gullickson braved the bitter North Dakota cold on Jan. 3 and went night fishing on the Missouri River below Garrison Dam. The two anglers from Minot only had one strike that night, but Johnson made the most of it by landing a new state-record burbot.

“What started out as a downright cold miserable foggy night ended up as a night I’ll never forget with my good buddy Brandon Gullickson,” Johnson wrote in a Facebook post on Jan. 4. “I only had one bite all night long. It turned out to be the ND State Record Burbot!”

Johnson added that he had met with an official from the North Dakota Game and Fish Department earlier that day. They placed the 41 3/4-inch fish on a certified scale, where it weighed 19 pounds 5 ounces. The state has since received all of Johnson’s paperwork, and his record burbot should receive official certification soon. Johnson’s fish tops the current state record of 18 pounds…

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