You might remember back in December, a Nebraska angler Andy Moore landed what would have been a state-record white crappie, but Moore released it back down the hole.
Moore told the Omaha World-Herald that putting his name in the record books would have required killing the fish. “I wasn’t prepared to do that,” said Moore at the time.
Well, now a second Nebraska angler has hooked and landed a fish that would have most likely smashed a state record, but like Moore, Nebraskan Jake Rodiek instead chose to release the fish.
According to this article, Rodiek pulled a northern pike through the ice of a unidentified Nebraska lake that he estimated weighed 33 to 34 pounds, which is about three pounds heavier than the current state record of 30 lbs., 1 oz. held by Steven Morris. Rodiek’s fish measured 45 inches long and 27 ½ inches around at its widest spot. According to standard length-girth calculations for pike weight, Rodiek’s math adds up (find a decent pike weight calculator here).
“I just feel better about knowing that I might catch that fish out there again when it’s even bigger,” said Rodiek. “I do the same with trophy fish of any species.”