A Mississippi lifelong fisherman has set a new state record when he caught a 131-pound (59.4-kg) “monster” catfish.
The blue catfish was caught April 7 in the Mississippi River near Natchez, according to Brandon’s Eugene Cronley, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.
“I’ve been catfishing all my life and I’ve never dreamed of anything like that,” Cronley said in an interview with Clarion-Ledger.
It took him about 40 minutes to catch a fist with a rod and reel with a skipjack herring as bait.
Cronley said the fight with the fish began five minutes after his bait entered the water.
“We had to open the boat and float on the river,” Cronley added. “I could not move him. I would drag him and take him to the one foot line and he would pull and carry 10 feet. I just sat there, stunned. “
“It’s really a lifelong fish,” he added, “he’s a monster.”
Cronley had to take the fish to van deer processing and sporting goods in Rankin County, Mississippi because it was the only place where there was a large enough certified scale to weigh the fish.
According to the department, Cronley’s fish broke the previous rod-and-reel record of a 95-pound (43.1-kilogram) fish caught in 2009. This is larger than a pair of 101-pound (45.8-kilograms) people holding. Blue catfish in 1997. The two fish were also caught in the Mississippi River near Natchez.
According to the International Game Fish Association, when the 143-pound (64.9-kilogram) giant was pulled from Lake Virginia, set in 2011, Cronley was shy of just over 10 pounds to capture the world record for a blue catfish.
Cronley estimated that his fish was 56.6 inches (1.4 m) long and 41-inch in circumference (1.04 m).
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, blue catfish rarely exceed two feet in length. They can grow up to 5 feet tall and in rare cases weigh more than 100 pounds.
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