Fisherman sets state record for a black buffalo—a what?

Fisherman sets state record for a black buffalo—a what?

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Fisherman sets state record for a black buffalo—a what?

Record black buffalo taken by Brandonn Kramer while bowfishing. Photo: Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Brandonn Kramer was bowfishing on the Grand River in Michigan when he caught a 46.54-pound black buffalo, breaking the previous state record for black buffalo by two pounds, according to MLive.com.

So what is a black buffalo?

It’s a freshwater fish from the sucker family and it’s found in large and small rivers in eastern North America from the Mississippi Basin to Canada. Black buffalo are usually found in quiet, shallow waters, making them easy targets in bowfishing.

Kramer was assisted by his friend Shawn Grawbarger. Both are from Muskegon.

The 39.75-inch fish was taken at 11:30 a.m. on May 25. The record was verified Tuesday by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

The U.S. angling record for a black buffalo is said to be 55.5 pounds, caught in Tennessee in 1984.

The old record for Michigan was 44.54 pounds caught April 2015 by Sage Colegrove of Muskegon. That fish measured 38.5 inches and was also caught on the Grand River.

Photo: Michigan Department of Natural Resources

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