So... the new Arkansas state record Largemouth Bass was harvested illegally. The old record still stands.
Why? You might ask.
Was the fish caught using an illegal method... like dynamite?
Or some sort of "banned lure"?
No... and no. (At least not at the time of this writing, but there is some speculation that the fish was not actually caught in the manner described by Mr. Crowder.)
It seems Mr. Crowder failed to follow the most basic of "the rules." You see, in order to go out and catch a fish in Arkansas (or pretty much any other state), on land that you don't own, especially public land such as a state park, you generally will need a fishing license to make your catch legal.
Mr. Crowder apparently overlooked this minor detail.
You can read the above article from our local newspaper online. There's also a good article on the Field & Stream website.
Mr. Crowder's fish story may be the best cautionary tale that could ever be told about why you shouldn't try to fish without a license.
Some guys have all the luck... and none of the brains.