That’s A Big Ol’ Bream!

An Oklahoma teen is the new state record holder after landing a 2-pound, 5.6-ounce redear sunfish. Cord Smith, 16, of Cheyenne, Okla., topped a 50-year-old record for the species on an after-school trip to a local farm pond with a buddy.

The giant shellcracker was 13.5 inches long with a girth of 12 ¾ inches. The previous record weighed 2 pounds, 1 ¼ ounces and had stood since 1973.

According to Outdoor Life, Cord and his buddy Jacob Suarez were fishing a less than one acre farm pond from a paddleboat, when the fish took a curly tail grub on a jighead. Cord was fishing with a Zebco combo and 6-pound test.

The world record redear sunfish weighed 6 pounds, 4 ounces. It was caught in 2021 from Arizona’s Lake Havasu, where shellcracker have grown to unbelievable size in recent years by feeding on an invasive mussel population.

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