When Jason Fugate went fishing on a day in late-April, he may never have imagined that he would catch a large, bright orange fish that not many have seen before. Scientific testing has confirmed the fish Fugate caught bow fishing on that day in the Brainerd Lakes Area is very rare. It’s been identified as a bigmouth buffalo fish, which is the largest in the sucker family. Fugate’s bigmouth buffalo weighed 33.1 pounds and was 38 inches long.
It looks like a giant goldfish, but it’s not– they are carp. It’s remarkable for its size and rare for its orange color. And it may be very old. An expert has stated that this type of fish can live to be 85 years old or more. Fugate is having the fish mounted.
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Jason Fugate caught this fish– a golden bigmouth buffalo– this past weekend in Crow Wing County. The fish weighed out at 32.8 lbs, 36-inches in length and a 26 inch girth. Have any photos you would like to share with us? Click the link in our bio. #KSTP #MNFishing #MNOutdoors
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