Lacombe has hooked itself some bragging rights.
The city is home to the world’s largest fighing lure, the Guinness World Record has confirmed.
The former record holder is West, Texas, with a lure extending 15 feet, 6.72 inches.
Lacombe’s lure measures in at 40 feet, 5.25 inches, nearly 25 feet longer than the previous record holder.
The treble hook alone is 14 feet long and eight feet wide.
The world record title is held by brother/sister Brad Pallister and Jessica Dew – the fourth-generation owners of the Thompson-Pallister Bait Co. Ltd.
“Although we knew the lure dimensions easily beat out the old record, it took months for the application to be processed,” said Dew.
“We are very excited by the official approval.”
The structure is located at the Len Thompson Pond in Lacombe and is visible from Highway 2A.
A municipal facility managed by the Lacombe Fish and Game Association, the pond’s waters are stocked annually with rainbow trout, providing fishing opportunities for anglers of all ages.
“I hope it’s going to be a big source of pride for a lot of years – hopefully decades,” said Pallister of the lure.
“If it inspires just one more person to pick up a fishing rod, take their kids out, or visit our town, we’ve done well.”