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May 26, 2005

World's largest catfish dies

An update on a story I covered yesterday...

From WBBM in Chicago:

A record 124-pound blue catfish caught earlier this week by an Illinois man fishing in the Mississippi River died on its way to the Cabela's Outfitter store where it was to go on display....

The fish, measuring 58 inches long and 44 inches around, was kept alive and was to be displayed in a tank at Cabela's in Kansas City, but it died en route to the store.

“We're baffled by this,” Fred Cronin, a fisheries biologist for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, told The Kansas City Star. “We took a lot of precautions to see that the fish was comfortable.

“But we're talking about a fish that was very old, very heavy,” he said. “The stress of being transported like that could have been too much.”

I wonder if they rushed out to get a bunch of cornmeal, cooking oil and a really big deep fryer. I know I would.

Posted by Danny Carlton at May 26, 2005 09:11 AM

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where can i see pics of the catfish?

Posted by: leo kranz at May 30, 2005 10:16 AM

Click on the link to the previous story I did.

Posted by: Danny Carlton at May 30, 2005 10:50 AM

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