Illinois Man Catches 2,011 Fish in 24 Hours, 638 Short of Record

A man who set out to break the world record for the most fish caught in a 24-hour period missed the mark.

Beginning the morning of July 5, Johnny Wilkins, from La Grande, Illinois, caught a mix of bluegill, shiners and carp totaling 2,011 fish — an incredible accomplishment, but still several hundred short of the current record of 2,649 fish.

Wilkins said he saw the chance of breaking the record slipping through his fingers in the wee hours of the morning.

“I ended up with 2,011 fish. I was kind of heartbroken about 4 a.m. when I was doing the math in my head and I am really tired and I just thought, ‘There is no way,'” Wilkins told CBS Chicago.

He needed to catch an average of 1.8 fish per minute to keep pace with the current world record. He said that became more difficult as some large carp moved in and scared some of the smaller, more aggressive fish away.

Wilkins used the event to help raise money for the Ronald McDonald House and Wounded Warrior Project, and says he plans to produce a similar event next year.