Mike Jarvis thought he had hooked a shark. Turns out, the creature on the end of his line was just as bizarre.
Fishing for bass in Levee Lake at Peabody River King State Fish and Wildlife Area near New Athens last week with a friend, Jarvis accidentally snagged a spoonbill that amazed everybody with its size, weight and girth -- not to mention its place of residence for the past 15 years.
The spoonbill, also known as a paddlefish, tipped the scales at 105 pounds. The prehistoric-looking fish with the elongated snout measured 68 inches long and had a girth of 44 inches.
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