On Memorial Day, Hunter Rockne claimed the first fish, a 23-pound 14-ounce giant, which broke the old record by more than 3 pounds. He was bowfishing at a popular spot on the James River, near Yankton, S.D.. He passed on opportunities to arrow carp, hoping that a big gar was lurking nearby. His intuition paid off—the record fish showed itself at just 5 yards. His first shot was lethal, but the weight of the fish and the river current caused the arrow to come loose. Rockne made a swift follow-up shot and pulled the gar to shore before the river could carry it away. Since it was a holiday, Rockne was unable to reach a biologists to verify the record. Instead, he stored it on ice overnight, until he could get the fish officially weighed and identified.