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Fisherman’s record sinks after discovery in X-ray

via Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks
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The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) removed a local fisherman’s state record due to concerns about the accuracy of the fish’s weight.

Bobby Parkhurst initially set a new state record with a white crappie weighing 4.07 pounds but was later investigated after a tip alleged discrepancies in the fish’s weight.

Upon re-examination, metal ball bearings were found inside the fish, leading to the removal of Parkhurst’s record.

Nadia Marji, chief public affairs and engagement officer with the KDWP, wrote, “When staff used a handheld metal detector to scan the fish, the device detected the presence of metal.”

“Wardens then took the fish to the Topeka Zoo for X-ray examination where it was revealed that two steel ball bearings were inside the crappie,” her statement continued.

The previous record set by Frank Miller in 1964 was reinstated.

Similar cases of fishing scandals involving tampering with fish weights have been reported in the past, resulting in legal consequences for the individuals involved.

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