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Paddlefish By Jeff Berti

With small eyes that peer over a two-foot long spoonbill snout at one end and a shark’s tail at the other end, it’s unlikely many would describe the paddlefish as attractive. But for hundreds of Missouri anglers there is nothing more beautiful than the sight of a seven-foot long, 100 pound paddlefish at the end of a snagline.

The paddlefish is a sort of living fossil. More closely related to

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