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Michigan fisherman breaks own state record with bigmouth buffalo catch

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Posted at 1:14 PM, May 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-25 13:24:42-04

A fisherman from Madison Heights shattered his own state record for catching the largest bigmouth buffalo, and it only took him 9 years to do it.

According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Roy Beasley hauled in a whopper on Saturday, May 13 when he went bowfishing in the River Raisin. His catch reportedly weighed 27 pounds and was 35.25 inches. 

Beasley broke the record the first time in August of 2008 with a bigmouth catch from the Detroit River that weighed 24.74 pounds and measured 34.50 inches.

"More and more people are enjoying the sport of bowfishing and recognizing the thrill it can offer those who pursue it. The river system in Southeast Michigan offers ample opportunity to catch rather large fish – a huge congrats to Mr. Beasley for having broken this record twice,” said Sara Thomas, the DNR's Lake Erie Management Unit manager, in a statement.