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New world record

Postby h2ofwlr » Thu May 26, 2005 9:45 pm

Record catfish hauled from Mississippi River in Illinois
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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.

Click here for pic http://www.startribune.com/stories/767/5422377.html

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Postby gsphunter » Fri May 27, 2005 5:47 am

You beat me too it h20. I'd been meaning to put something about this up here, because it happened not far from my house. They had a picture on the news around here and the thing was unbelievable. :eek:
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Postby frazier2209 » Sat May 28, 2005 8:40 pm

can you get the pic from your locals news station's website?
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Postby CALLEMQUACKTN » Sat May 28, 2005 10:17 pm

Was they able to release the fish back to the water?
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Postby AlaskaRedneK » Sun May 29, 2005 12:28 am

Is that some kinda tabloid...... :mrgreen:

You mean that "lil" thing? I guess that is a pretty big fish for where Y'all come from!
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Postby duckdog » Sun May 29, 2005 6:57 am

I would love to hook into something like that. We go flathead fishing, in Minnesota. My biggest one is 28lbs so far ( can't seem to brake the 30 lbs mark :thumbsdown: ) My brother in law seem's to catch one over 40 lbs every time we go. Lucky devil! Happy fishing
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Postby donell67 » Sun May 29, 2005 5:40 pm

thats a huge catfish.
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Postby mallardhunter » Sun May 29, 2005 9:10 pm

I think I saw that on espn news it was huge, then they were going to haul it to a cabelas, but it died on the way there :thumbsdown:
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Postby frazier2209 » Mon May 30, 2005 7:23 am

Here's the bright side, that would be one heck of a fish fry! :laughing:
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Postby donell67 » Mon May 30, 2005 9:46 am

being that big probly wouldnt taste to good. the big catfish here are tough and muddy tasting.
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Postby frazier2209 » Mon May 30, 2005 10:13 am

fry 'em up in flour and batter and anything tastes good :tounge: :laughing: .
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Postby AlaskaRedneK » Mon May 30, 2005 11:03 am

frazier2209 wrote:fry 'em up in flour and batter and anything tastes good :tounge: :laughing: .


Depends whos cookin'! :smile:

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Postby gsphunter » Tue May 31, 2005 8:15 am

Frazier I did a little looking for a pic, but don't really have time to dig. Sorry. That thing wouldn't be worth the flour you fried him in for eating. The only cats that are worth eating when they get that big are Flatheads. Me and my dad usually hook into a few of them when we are bass fishing with those big ol' DD-22 crankbaits. What a fight!
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Postby frazier2209 » Sat Jun 04, 2005 4:55 pm

*NEW UPDATE*
A 14 year old kid about 5 miles from my house just caught a new IGFA line-class record. Zachary Lovelady is in the grade below me. He goes fishing about everday after school. He fishes for catfish and I fish for bass so I don't really talk to him that much. ANyways it has been on all the news stations around here. A 110lb. blue cat on 6 lb. Stren original. Supposedly fought the thing for 3 hrs. They had a followup talking about all the paperwork they were having to go through, so I think this is for real. All them ole timers in the bait stores around here have been talking about it. :thumbsup:
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Postby frazier2209 » Sat Jun 04, 2005 4:58 pm

They have been catching quite a few big cats around here. This past Saturday, they had a catfish tournament and big fish was 55lbs. Guy said they went to the store and bought some expired chicken breasts. They soaked them in butter for a couple days and then took 'em with 'em. They caught several around that size. :eek:
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Postby AlaskaRedneK » Sat Jun 04, 2005 5:20 pm

Thats a pretty good sized fish!

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Postby gsphunter » Sun Jun 05, 2005 9:23 pm

New update on the guy who caught the 124lber. He was on work comp when he caught the fish. He wasn't supposed to lift anything over five pounds. The story goes that the net broke and he hoisted the fish aboard. 119lbs over his limit!!!

The man has been fired from his job and could be recquired to pay back his last years work comp. That fish may cost him a little more than he wanted.

Sorry Frazier I was too late finding a picture on the local news websites to post up here.
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Postby shrpshtr » Mon Jun 06, 2005 7:59 am

that sucks gsp! it's funny the things people try to get away with though. at least he'll have something to talk about in the unemployment line.
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Postby donell67 » Mon Jun 06, 2005 8:07 am

that guy wasnt to smart.
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Postby CALLEMQUACKTN » Tue Jun 07, 2005 2:38 pm

:laughing: Do you think he would have cut the line if he had of known the trouble that it cost him.
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Postby huntmq1 » Tue Jul 19, 2005 2:33 am

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Heres that 124 pound catfish. It died on the way to Cabellas. :thumbsdown:
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Postby HunterRed » Tue Jul 19, 2005 11:55 am

Someone caught a 646 pounder in bancok thailand about a month ago. Now that thing would give a HUGEfish fry. :thumbsup:
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