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May 25, 2005

You shoulda seen the one that got away

From the AP:

It sounds like the sort of tale Mark Twain might have cooked up: A man fishing in the Mississippi River hauls in a blue catfish roughly the size of a sixth-grader. But this is no fish story. Early Sunday, Tim Pruitt caught a 124-pound blue catfish.

To get a sense of just how big that is, the state record holder was a mere 85 pounds and the world record holder tipped the scales at 121 pounds, 8 ounces.

Now, Pruitt, whose fish has already been weighed in the presence of a conservation police officer and measured by a biologist for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, is expected to submit documentation to the International Game Fish Association so that it can be certified a world record holder.

Once that is done, the catch should be approved as the world's largest blue catfish, replacing the current champion that was caught Jan. 16, 2004, in Lake Texoma, Texas, said Becky Reynolds, a spokeswoman for the association.

I like fishing, and fighting for half an hour to bring that thing in would have bee fun, but from the bank, not from a boat. My one irrational fear is of large fish swimming in water that I'm in or on. I've pulled in some large catfish from the bank, with no problem, but if it had been me hooking that sucker, I'd a just thrown the rod at him and fled.

Hat tip: Original Musings

Posted by Danny Carlton at May 25, 2005 08:06 AM

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