(photo of Bette Schmieding and her grandfather, James Bender with Montana state record green sunfish – courtesy of MFWP)
So many anglers would love to have their name in the record books for catching the largest of any type of fish, and Bette Schmieding, of Billings, was no exception.
According to an article in the Billings Gazette, the three year-old was fishing in May of 2009 with her grandfather at Hickson’s Pond, near Acton, using worms as bait. Well, she got a bite–a Montana state record bite!
Bette reeled in a 9-inch, .84 pound green sunfish. This particular catch beat the current state record held by Roger Fliger’s 8.6-inch, .56 pound green sunfish that he caught back in 1991.
It just goes to show that catching record fish has nothing to do with age and everything to do with how you fish.
For a complete list of Montana state record fish, click HERE.