I think every angler aspires to hold a record. Whether it be your local fishing club record, or an IGFA world record, having that bragging right is a lifetime achievement. It’s a powerful drug that keeps many an angler going out to brave the worst of conditions in the hopes that this trip and that fish will be the one that gets it.

Kansas angler Josh McCullough braved bitter winter temperatures this February to wet a line. When he got bit, it didn’t feel like a special fish. Josh realized he had a special catch, though, when he landed it. Read the details of Josh’s record breaking catch in this article from the Kansas City Star.

KSrecord-troutJosh McCullough knew the Johnson County Park and Recreation District had stocked some big rainbow trout in Kill Creek Lake this year.  But not this big.

Fishing with Berkley Gulp bait on Feb. 23 shortly after the ice had temporarily gone off the lake, he caught a 15.72-pound rainbow — a pending Kansas state record. McCullough had the fish weighed on certified scales at a grocery store and had his catch verified.

Kill Creek Park is just south of DeSoto.

After filing his paperwork for the record, he only has to complete a 30-day mandatory waiting period. If his catch is approved, it will replace the existing mark of 15.43 pounds caught in March 2012 at Lake Shawnee.

“There were rumors going around that they had stocked a few trout up to 12 pounds this year,” McCullough said. “But I didn’t expect anything like this.”

McCullough, who lives in Spring Hill, didn’t have to wait long for the bite that mattered. Just minutes after he had cast his lines out, he watched as his fishing rod slowly bent. Then the line started to slowly move to the side.

Photos: The Kansas City Star (top); KSDWPT (above)