Possible World Record Redear Sunfish Landed in Arizona

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On May 2, 2011, Robert Lawler landed a huge 5.55 pound, 16.75-inch redear sunfish (shellcracker) while fishing in Arizona’s Lake Havasu.

The behemoth panfish had a 19-inch girth. Lawler used a Texas-rigged 7-inch Power Worm. The unbelievable catch is a thought to be a contender for a world record.

Oddly enough, redear sunfish feed on invasive quagga mussels, which may have been part of the enormous fish’s diet.

source: Arizona Game and Fish Department