What would you rather have? That is, if the giant cat you just caught was in danger of spoiling before you could verify it as a record, what would you do?

From San Bernardino’s The Sun:

_This past weekend, [Rafael] Terrones [of San Bernardino] wrestled a flathead [catfish] that . . . weighed an incredible 73 pounds, . . . [making his] fish a couple of ounces heavier than the listed California state record of 72 pounds, 14 ounces. . . .

[He] thought it might be a record fish, but [was] less concerned about a record than making sure the fish didn’t spoil. So Terrones cut up the big flathead for fish tacos._

Would you do the same?