Teenage angler sets record by catching big prehistoric fish

John Burke Jr., owner of Louisiana Caviar Company holds up a Bowfin fish used for caviar Jan. 27, 2004, in Pierre Part, La. Sixteen-year-old Tauri Adamcyzk, of Taunton, Mass., caught a Massachusetts state record of the species last month on the Taunton River. It weighed nearly 8 pounds. (2004 FILE PHOTOGRAPH/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

TAUNTON, Mass. — A teenage girl has set a state record with her catch of a nearly 8-pound prehistoric fish known as a bowfin.


Sixteen-year-old Tauri Adamcyzk, of Taunton, was fishing with her father in the Taunton River last month when she caught the 7-pound, 14-ounce fish that was 26-inches long.

The Taunton Gazette reported that state wildlife officials certified the catch.

Tauri is no stranger to fishing. She was named Massachusetts’ youth angler of the year in 2015.

The bowfin in a somewhat uncommon fish as it is only found the watersheds of the Taunton and Connecticut rivers.

It is prized for its size, fighting qualities, exotic appearance and willingness to take bait or a lure, but it doesn’t make a good meal.

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