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This replica of a 144-pound paddlefish caught in a pond in Atchison in 2004 is the current world record. (July 18, 2012)
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Travis Heying / The Wichita Eagle
Longnose gar carry a mouthful of wicked looking teeth, and sometimes grow to 6 feet in length in the Arkansas River in Wichita.
Michael Pearce / The Wichita Eagle
A longnose gar swims the shallows the Arkansas River last week. They can grow to be six feet long.
This replica of a 123-pound flathead catfish caught in Elk City reservoir is the current world record. (July 18, 2012)
David Studebaker with a 57-pound blue catfish he caught at Milford Reservoir last fall.
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This replica of a 123-pound flathead catfish caught in Elk City reservoir in 1998 is the current world record. (July 18, 2012)
Biologist Craig Johnson holds a flathead catfish estimated to weigh up to 90 pounds caught and released at El Dorado Reservoir in 2011.
Shane Thornton holds a flathead catfish that was estimated at 70 pounds, that was caught and released at El Dorado Reservoir in 2009.
Longnose gar are Kansas' longest and meanest looking fish, sometimes reaching 6 feet in length. This one was caught in the Arkansas River near Wichita recently.
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