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9-Year-Old ND Angler in line to Break World Record

Youth angler Brayden Selzler’s catch on July 25 shattered a North Dakota state record for goldeye that’s been in the books for 16 years. Now he could now be in the running to break a world record.

The 9-year-old Velva angler reeled in a 4-pound, 12-ounce goldeye from Lake Audubon. The previous record of 3 pounds, 13 ounces was established in 1998 by Craig Unser, a Mandan angler who was fishing New John’s Lake.

However, Brayden wasn't trying to break any record when he caught the goldeye. He was just doing what he loves.

"Fishing is fun because you get to feel the fight of the fish. You get to find out more about different fish and what their habitats are like," Selzler says.

The goldeye that Brayden caught is on its way to be taxidermied and mounted. If it turns out that the fish he caught broke the world record, even the lure he used to catch it will be saved to be put on display.