Although suckers may not be the sexiest fish in the world, like a great white shark or a barracuda, a record is a record is a record.
And Riverton’s Patrick Edwards now holds the state record for the largest “white sucker” caught in Wyoming.
The 5.6-pound fish annihilated the old record of 4.4 pounds and was caught by Edwards on March 20 in the Wind River.
How’d he catch it? A basic “pickle rig” with a weight, two hooks and two three-way swivels.
“I put a piece of nightcrawler on each hook, cast it out and let it sit right on the bottom near the seam of the fast and slower moving water in the river,” Edwards told the Wyoming Game & Fish Department.
Edwards said he weighed the fish at the Riverton Post Office, which was able to certify the size.
The official measurements were: 5 pounds, 6.45 ounces, 22 inches long with a girth of 13.5 inches.
Did he celebrate by having a white sucker sandwich?
Nope. But he did eat the record holder.
“The other cool thing we learned is that they do actually taste very good pickled,” Edwards said.
By the way, he’s not going to be in trouble for any social distancing violation.
He didn’t go with a group of buddies like the Billy Ray Cyrus masterpiece “Bait Shop.”
Rather, he was just out with his kids trying to get some fresh air.