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Catfish/shatter record??
« on: May 29, 2020, 03:02:42 PM »
     Angler's giant flathead catfish could shatter record

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A Pennsylvania angler, using a trout head for bait, caught a 56.3-pound flathead catfish last Sunday night to set a pending state record for the species.
Jonathan Pierce reeled the monstrous flathead from the Schuylkill River  after it devoured the bait and took off like a torpedo, he told the Philadelphia Inquirer. I had my drag tight, and it was still pulling line.

Pierce, 34, a father of four from Roxborough, kept the fish alive overnight in a 45-gallon aerated plastic container so it could be weighed Monday on a certified scale. The fish was released back into the river after the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission took measurements.

Itll also become the largest fish on the PFBCs list of rod-and-reel fishing records. (As of Friday morning, a 54-pound, 3-ounce muskellunge caught in 1924 topped the list.)

Pierce, who was using a 10-foot rod and baitcaster reel, told Penn Live that he hooked the flathead on his first cast after arriving at his fishing spot at 8:30 p.m.

Itll also become the largest fish on the PFBCs list of rod-and-reel fishing records. (As of Friday morning, a 54-pound, 3-ounce muskellunge caught in 1924 topped the list.)



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The angler, who releases all of the flathead catfish he catches, keeps trout for table fare and sometimes uses their heads as catfish bait.
The giant flathead, after its initial run, swam into a rocky snag and held firm for 2-3 minutes. Pierce loosened the reels drag to take pressure off the fish, and it swam free of the rocks, allowing for an easier fight.

Eight minutes later it was netted by Pierces girlfriend, and Pierce knew immediately that it was record-size, and took the necessary steps to keep it alive overnight.

He was so excited that he hardly slept.
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Re: Catfish/shatter record??
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2020, 03:15:07 PM »
dats a big kitty!!!   
a bad day of fishing is still better than a good day at work!!

 

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