May 04, 2011
On May 2, 2011
Robert Lawler of Lake Havasu landed a huge 5.55 pound,
16.75-inch redear sunfish out of Lake Havasu, Arizona.
You read that correctly – sunfish.
The behemoth panfish had a 19-inch girth. Lawler used a
Texas-rigged 7-inch Power Worm. There’s no doubt it is a contender
for a world record.
Right now, it's a semi-official Arizona state record for the
Oddly enough, these relatively small species feed on invasive
quagga mussels. This guy must have been getting his fill.
The existing state record redear was caught Feb. 16, 2010 at Lake
Havasu by a California angler and it weighed 4 pounds 2.24 ounces
and was 15.5 inches long.
John Galbraith of
BassTackleMaster.com provided the photo.