TPWD announces the record-breaking fish caught in Texas waters last year
A whopping 67.1-pound catfish caught by a 13-year-old Texas boy77彩票网app was one of many record-breaking fish caught in Texas waters last year.
77彩票网appBrayden Rogers of Cisco reeled in the massive blue catfish last March while fishing at Lake Tawakoni. Rogers' big win was recognized along with hundreds of other impressive fish through the Texas Park and Wildlife's (TPWD) Angler Recognition Program, which has highlighted prized catches since 1970.
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77彩票网appOver the course of 2019, Texas anglers set 47 new state fishing records and 434 new water body records at lakes, rivers and bays across the state, according to a release from TPWD. Anglers of all ages set 33 state records and 326 water body records in 2019.
“...It's clear that 2019 was a great year for fishing in Texas,” Ron Smith, TPWD Angler Recognition Program director said in the release. “In addition to providing bragging rights and a lifetime of memories for anglers, these achievements showcase the world-class fishing opportunities that can be found in every part of Texas.”
77彩票网appRogers was one of 14 junior anglers under 17 years old to set state records in 2019, per the release. TPWD officials said the program has seen a significant increase in youth participation over the years.
77彩票网appTPWD encourages anglers to submit applications for fish regardless if they actually break a record. Anglers can submit applications for awards for their first fish, a special catch or for fish that meet the minimum length requirement for a species. Anglers raked in more than 638 awards for their fish last year.
77彩票网app“Most anglers that turn in an application get something – whether that’s an award or an outstanding angler certificate,” Smith said. “We are happy to recognize great catches even when they may not have set a new record.”
Anglers that wish to participate in the program must have a certified scale, know how to properly measure a fish and take photos of their catch. For more information on the program,