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Hoosier, appropriately from Fishers, IN, sets new Kentucky record

Ive fished for a long time and I catch a baitfish for a state record - MIKE LADENDORF
Record skipjack herring taken in Cumberland River near Burkesville, KY
Story courtesy Kentucky Fish & Wildlife

Frankfort, KY Mark Ladendorf of Fishers, Indiana cast a clown-colored jointed Rapala just downstream of the Burkesville Boat Ramp on Cumberland River while fishing with a guide March 13, 2006.

Instead of a trophy brown trout hitting his minnow bait, a 19+ inch long skipjack herring that had a girth of 10 ? inches inhaled it. It is the new state record for the species.

Ive fished for a long time and I catch a baitfish for a state record, Ladendorf said with a laugh. I didnt even know what it was. It hit my lure right at the surface.

Ladendorfs guide, Robert Capps, told him he might have a state record when he saw the fish in the landing net. We threw it in a cooler and took it to Stranges Bait and Tackle and weighed it, Ladendorf said.

Record skipjack herring weighed over 3 pounds

The record skipjack herring weighed 3.075 pounds. It bested the old record of 2 pounds, 13 ounces set by Greg Cary from the Cumberland River in 2001.

This trip on Cumberland River proved memorable for the entire Ladendorf family. Ladendorfs son, Lance, caught a 21 ?-inch brown trout on the trip. We caught about a dozen trout that day, Ladendorf said. The only mistake I made was that I didnt stay two days.
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This story was posted on 2006-04-16 05:25:18
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