The Indiana State document for burbot has been damaged not as soon as, however twice previously two weeks.

The primary time occurred on Dec. 30 when avid angler Scott Skafar caught a burbot that weighed 10.2 kilos on Lake Michigan. This catch broke the earlier state document that had been in place since 1990 by 2.5 kilos. Later that day Skafar reeled in a second burbot that was additionally bigger than the 1990 state document by practically two kilos.

Skafar, of Valparaiso, determined to lookup the state document as a result of he knew that to catch a burbot that giant was unusual.

“When first catching them I didn’t assume a lot of it,” Skafar advised Fox Information Digital. “I checked the document utilizing my cell phone to look it up. Seeing it was solely 7 kilos, 11 ounces, I knew these have been a lot bigger.”


Skafar with two record-breaking burbot.

With an look finest described as a cross between a catfish and an eel, the burbot has an elongated physique, laterally compressed with a flattened head. The mouth is extensive, with each higher and decrease jaws containing many small enamel. Also called eelpout, lawyer, ling, poor man’s lobster, or freshwater cod, they are often recognized by a single chin barbel or whisker, just like catfish whiskers. As the one freshwater fish within the cod household, burbot is a singular species native to Lake Michigan. They dwell underneath the ice for parts of the 12 months and require frigid temperatures to breed.

Skafar advised Fox Information Digital that he believed another person would break Indiana’s burbot fishing document once more “very quickly,” which proved true lower than two weeks later.

2nd burbot record break
Duracz along with his record-breaking fish.

Duracz additionally holds the lake whitefish document at 9.34 kilos, which he set in 2021.

Burbots are sometimes backside dwellers that keep within the lake’s coldest and deepest waters. The Indiana Division of Pure Sources (Indiana DNR) stated that chilly water temperatures from November to April draw the burbot nearer to shore to feed. Their eating regimen consists of spherical goby, sculpin, yellow perch, and different fish species.

”The current heat climate coupled with gentle winds has offered wonderful alternatives for anglers to fish Lake Michigan at a time they’re normally unable to securely entry the lake,” Ben Dickinson, a fisheries analysis biologist stated.

Pictures through Indiana DNR Fb.

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