Record catfish hauled from Mississippi River in Illinois
May 26, 2005 CATFISH0526
ALTON, Ill. — Tim Pruitt went fishing and pulled up a whopper of a beast.
No, seriously: It was roughly the size of a sixth-grader.
Pruitt, casting his line in the Mississippi River on Sunday, hauled up a 58-inch long, 44-inch around blue catfish that weighed a whopping 124-pounds.
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, eight ounces.
"My adrenaline was really pumping, so it wasn't that bad,'' said Pruitt. "Later on, when I was lifting him out of the livewell and into another tank I really felt the weight.''
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's 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.
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How would you like to be noodling for cats and you came across this one? I think it would be noodling in reverse-he is waiting for you!