While fishing for Striped Bass on the Caney Fork River in Tennessee two anglers, identified by the TN Wildlife Resources Agency only as Matt and Jason, hooked something that would put their gear to the test. Once hooked, the fish towed the pair’s boat over half a mile before they managed to land, photo, and quickly release the fish.
According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, American paddlefish are endangered or threatened in most states within their historic range. The fish, which are highly migratory, can live 50-plus years.