Record-Breaking Catch: Missouri Lake Delivers World Record Paddlefish on Debut Trip with Friends

MO - LAKE OF THE OZARKS Chad Williams had never seen a paddlefish before, much less gone trolling on a lake in the hopes of catching one.

At Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks on Sunday, the Kansas angler set a world record with a catch weighing 164 pounds, 13 ounces

After such an accomplishment, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) even made a jest about his potential desire to retire from fishing.

The paddlefish not only shattered the 140-pound state record, but it also shattered the 164-pound world record.

Williams reported that he was fortunate enough to receive an invitation to go paddlefish snagging with a few buddies at the start of this year's season. Snagging is a fishing method where a fish's flesh is punctured with a sharp hook.

He hooked into something enormous not long after setting out on the fishing expedition.