David Souza of Berkley, age 54, caught an 8 lb. 1 oz. Bowfin out of the Taunton River to break the state record. Just two days later, his son, Jake Souza, age 19, caught another 8 lb. 1 oz. Bowfin out of the same river to tie his father for the state record. David\u2019s catch was 27 3/8\u0022 long with a 13\u0022 girth, while Jake\u2019s was 26 \u00be\u0022 long with a 13 \u00be\u0022 girth. Both fish were brought to a MassWildlife office where they weighed in at 8 lb. 1 oz. and were certified by fisheries biologists as the new state records. Catch and Keep State Records are recorded by weight.\n\nIn 2015, Bowfin were added as an eligible fish to MassWildlife\u2019s Freshwater Sportfishing Awards Program. Most Massachusetts anglers have never caught one of these prehistoric battlers \u2013 and in fact many anglers have never even heard of this fish and wouldn\u2019t know one if they caught one. But the Bowfin is gathering an increasing number of fans who admire its outstanding fighting qualities, exotic appearance, large potential size, interesting life history, and its propensity to strike baits and lures. Currently, Bowfin populations are limited to the Connecticut River and Taunton River drainages and a few isolated ponds throughout the state. The minimum weight is 6 pounds for adults and 4 pounds for youth to be eligible for the Catch and Keep category of the Sportfishing Awards Program. The Catch and Release minimum length is 26 inches. To learn more about Bowfin,\u00a0check out a recent featured article in Massachusetts Wildlife magazine entitled, \u201cBring on the Bowfin!\u201d.\u00a0\n\nAnglers who believe they have broken a\u00a0state record\u00a0by weight must present their fish in its entirety (whole) to qualified fisheries personnel at\u00a0MassWildlife Field Headquarters\u00a0in Westborough or at any of the five\u00a0MassWildlife District offices. In 2015, a catch and release category was added to the Sportfishing Awards Program. Since then, MassWildlife has also recorded catch and release state records. Anglers may submit their catch and release catches for consideration by\u00a0measuring, photographing, and releasing their fish on site.