Oklahoma Angler Catches Massive Bluegill

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The bluegill…

It’s one of several species of sunfish that the majority of anglers grow up catching.

Admittedly, if I’ve been on the water all day and nothing else is biting, I’ll pull up to an old tree and throw out a worm because I know one of these little fellas will bite.

But little fellas is the operative term because, let’s face it: bluegill are pretty small compared to the majority of popular game fish.

There’s a reason bluegill and their ilk are considered panfish — because their filets are small enough to toss into a frying pan.

But what if bluegill weren’t that small???

Massive Oklahoma Bluegill
Angler Joshua Thomas’s near-record Oklahoma bluegill (Photo via ODWC)

For 13-year-old Oklahoma angler Joshua Thomas, it’s not such a strange concept to imagine what massive bluegill would look like.

That’s because he actually caught one…

When it comes to giant bluegill in Oklahoma, the reigning king was caught by Tom Shorter way back in 1987. Shorter’s catch weighed in at a whopping 2 pound, 6.4 ounces.

While fishing a private pond, Joshua Thomas wasn’t too far off the mark, however.

His enormous bluegull weighed in at 2 pounds, 5 ounces — still a much larger fish than most people will ever see in their lives.

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