Potential all-tackle world record redear sunfish caught
A redear sunfish pulled from Lake Havasu on Monday may break the standing International Game Fish
Assn. all-tackle world record for the species.
Robert Lawler of Lake Havasu City landed the huge redear, which weighed in at 5.55 pounds (digital), measured 16.75 inches long and had a 19-inch girth.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department has confirmed the fish as the new species state record. If certified by the IGFA, the sunfish will also best the current IGFA all-tackle record of 5 pounds, 7 ounces, set in 1998 by Amos Gray in South Carolina.
-- Kelly Burgess
Photo: Robert Lawler of Lake Havasu City with the 5.55-pound redear sunfish he caught. Credit: John Galbraith / BassTackleMaster.com