Oklahoma has a new state fishing record for redear sunfish. Cord Smith caught a 2-pound, 5.6-ounce fish on April 10 to set a new record in the Sooner State. The fish measured 13.5 inches long with a 13-inch girth. This catch broke the old 2-pound, 1.25-ounce record for redear sunfish set in 1973. The record was made official on April 25.
Smith is just 16 years old. He came home from school on what seemed to be a normal Monday. Smith and his friend, Jacob Suarez, grabbed their fishing rods and went to a private pond in Roger Mills County where they reside.
The young men were fishing from a paddleboat, casting soft plastic jigs. That’s when the lunker redear nailed Smith’s lure about five feet from the boat.
A Record Catch
After admiring the catch, Smith was set to release it when Suarez convinced him that it could be a record-setting fish. Smith called his father, Brian Smith, who is the…