Dallas Man Gets World Record On Fly Rod – Lake Mohave

AUSTIN, Texas — A Dallas man’s catch from earlier this year was
just certified as a world record by the International Game Fish
Association.

– Lake Mohave

Josh Hill, 22, of Dallas caught the smallmouth buffalo on March 29
on a self-tied fly and fly rod at the Pedernales River. It was
certified at 20.89 pounds, 33 inches and had a girth of 24 inches.

Hill won the water body record and state record. He received
certificates for those awards from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

“It’s an interesting story how I caught the fish,” Hill said. “I had
just graduated from UT-Austin and had to do a thesis and did it on fly
fishing and the white bass run. I found a professor there who had the
record smallmouth buffalo (before this catch), Gibbs Milliken. But we
actually went out fishing for the white bass for my thesis project. All
of the sudden I hit something pretty big and was like, ‘this is not a
white bass.’ I fought the fish for 45 minutes. I eventually landed it
by working it into a shallow groove. After that, the professor and I
went out and celebrated.”

Following is a list of recognition categories.

State Records for Public Waters

  • Rod & Reel — recognition for catching the largest fish of a species from Texas public waters by rod & reel fishing.
  • Fly
    Fishing — recognition for catching the largest fish of a species from
    Texas public waters by fly fishing methods using artificial lures.
  • Unrestricted
    — recognition for catching the largest fish of a species from Texas
    public waters by any legal method other than rod & reel.
  • Bow Fishing — recognition for catching the largest fish of a species from Texas public waters by bow fishing.

State Records for Private Waters

  • Rod & Reel — recognition for catching the largest fish of a species from Texas private waters by rod & reel.
  • Fly
    Fishing — recognition for catching the largest fish of a species from
    Texas private waters by fly fishing methods using artificial lures.
  • Bow Fishing — recognition for catching the largest fish of a species from Texas private waters by bow fishing.
  • Water Body Records — Records for individual locations (reservoirs, rivers, bays, etc.) are also maintained.
  • All
    Tackle — recognition for catching the largest fish of a species from a
    particular Texas public water body using any legal method.
  • Rod
    & Reel — recognition for catching the largest fish of a species
    from a particular Texas public water body by rod & reel.
  • Fly
    Fishing — recognition for catching the largest fish of a species from a
    particular Texas public water body by fly fishing methods using
    artificial lures.
  • Bow Fishing — recognition for catching the largest fish of a species from a particular Texas public water body by bow fishing.
  • Big Fish Award — for catching a trophy class fish of selected species.
  • Catch and Release Award — for the catch and live release of a trophy class fish of selected species.

There are also categories for the first fish caught by an angler of
any age and for a catch that does not meet the requirements of other
award programs but still deserves recognition.

Consideration for all state and water body records, except first
fish awards, must include the fish’s weight on certified scales.
Certified scales are scales (either electronic or spring-based) that
have been certified as accurate by the Texas Department of Agriculture,
the International Game Fish Association (which certifies handheld
scales) or a commercial scales calibration company. Feed stores,
fertilizer plants, and scales calibration companies are good sources.

Record fish must be weighed on certified scales within three days of
the catch, although weights on non-certified scales will be considered
providing the scales are certified within 30 days. Applications must be
received within 60 days of the catch date and a notary witness is
required for State Record applications.

For more information, contact Junior Angler Recognition Awards
Program, Attn: Joedy Gray-IF, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, 4200
Smith School Road, Austin TX 78744, e-mail: joedy.gray@tpwd.state.tx.us
or phone (512) 389-8037.

– Lake Mohave

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