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Unassisted
05-25-2005, 08:15 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/05/25/big.fish.ap/index.html

Fisherman hauls in 124-pound catfish

ALTON, Ilinois (AP) -- Tim Pruitt went fishing and pulled up a whopper of a beast.

http://i.a.cnn.net/cnn/2005/US/05/25/big.fish.ap/story.fish.ap.jpg


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 (146 cm) long, 44-inch (111 cm) around blue catfish that weighed a whopping 124-pounds (56 kg).

To get a sense of just how big that is, the state record holder was a mere 85 pounds (38 kg) and the world record holder tipped the scales at 121 pounds, eight ounces (55 kg).

"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 January 16, 2004, in Lake Texoma, Texas, said Becky Reynolds, a spokeswoman for the association.

dman
05-25-2005, 08:29 PM
I've seen some monsters pulled from the Ohio River, but I don't ever recall seeing a 124 pounder caught. I live close to Big Darby Creek, and I've also seen some big shovelheads pulled from there.

GAC
05-25-2005, 08:32 PM
There's catfish in the Ohio River bigger then that. ;)

I remember many years ago, while visiting relatives in Gallipolis, that divers working on the locks there talked of catfish lying on the bottom that scared the crap out of them.

LoganBuck
05-25-2005, 10:12 PM
I have heard that in Lake Cumberland in Kentucky they have some real whoppers as well. As big as people.

dman
05-25-2005, 11:05 PM
There's catfish in the Ohio River bigger then that. ;)

I remember many years ago, while visiting relatives in Gallipolis, that divers working on the locks there talked of catfish lying on the bottom that scared the crap out of them.

Speaking of the Ohio River and Gallipolis, wasn't it when that bridge collapsed and they were recovering bodies from the river that the divers would only go down in cages because of the size of the catfish????

TeamCasey
05-26-2005, 06:45 AM
Wow! I've seen pictures of 75 pounders. That's just amazing.

RANDY IN INDY
05-26-2005, 08:14 AM
Speaking of the Ohio River and Gallipolis, wasn't it when that bridge collapsed and they were recovering bodies from the river that the divers would only go down in cages because of the size of the catfish????

Yep. They said there were some monsters down there. My dad crossed the "Silver Bridge" about 30 minutes before it collapsed. My mother heard the news that the bridge had collapsed and was very worried because she knew my father would be crossing it around that time. No cell phones back then, so all we could do was wait. I'll never forget how relieved we were when he pulled in the driveway.

GAC is right about those catfish around the Gallipolis locks and dam. We used to fish there, a whole lot, when I was a teenager. We nearly always hooked something that would break our lines. We usually fished out of a boat and would use 50 to 75 lb test line.

GAC
05-26-2005, 08:44 AM
Speaking of the Ohio River and Gallipolis, wasn't it when that bridge collapsed and they were recovering bodies from the river that the divers would only go down in cages because of the size of the catfish????

You may be right. It was the Silver bridge. I had a uncle who was getting ready to cross that bridge right before it collapsed but got stopped by the traffic light from Point Pleasant over to Gallipolis. He was sitting at the light when it collapsed. The good Lord obviously was looking over him that day. :eek:

Blimpie
05-26-2005, 10:13 AM
I think the title of this thread has a misprint...After looking at the picture of Nessy, I believe it should have read: "Sixth-Grader Caught in Illinois AND USED FOR BAIT..."

TeamCasey
05-26-2005, 10:38 AM
:laugh:

KronoRed
05-26-2005, 12:58 PM
That's a big fish

I loath fish

;)

LincolnparkRed
05-26-2005, 01:09 PM
WSCR here just broke the story that the fish was still alive and was being transported to a Caballo's to become a display but passed away on the way there. Then the guy mentioned the publicity of eating that fish, then he said something about fish that size probably have lots of bad chemicals in them and that they would be dangerous for people to consume.

Blimpie
05-26-2005, 01:13 PM
WSCR here just broke the story that the fish was still alive and was being transported to a Caballo's to become a display but passed away on the way there. Then the guy mentioned the publicity of eating that fish, then he said something about fish that size probably have lots of bad chemicals in them and that they would be dangerous for people to consume.http://generalhaberdashery.com/visuals/avatars/The%20Simpsons/blinky.gif

Unassisted
05-26-2005, 01:15 PM
he said something about fish that size probably have lots of bad chemicals in them and that they would be dangerous for people to consume.I was thinking that, too. Just imagine how many years that fish had been sifting through the sediment on the bottom of the Mississippi and all of the noxious chemicals it had ingested in the process.

tommycatluvsme
05-28-2005, 10:29 PM
That fish is a monster.

ws1990reds
05-30-2005, 11:31 PM
That is EXACTLY why I do not like even swimming in ponds. That stuff just scares the bezeezus out of me. Why are the divers afraid to go down without cages? Have they ever been bitten by a catfish? The only encounter I've had with a catfish is from about 20 years ago when I caught a really small one about a foot long. The hook was embedded in its mouth so I put my fingers in there to remove the hook, and got bit. It took my brother using pliers to get my thumb out of the catfish's mouth. :eek: Are catfish aggressive, though?

Blimpie
06-30-2005, 11:32 AM
Ding. Ding. Ding. I believe we have a winner.



No Fish Tale: Thais Catch 646-Pound Fish
By DANIEL LOVERING
Associated Press Writer


This big one did not get away. Thai fishermen netted a 646-pound catfish believed to have been the world's largest freshwater fish ever caught in Thailand, a researcher said Thursday.

The nearly 9-foot-long Mekong giant catfish was landed May 1 by villagers in Chiang Khong, a remote district in northern Thailand, and weighed by Thai fisheries department officials, said Zeb Hogan, who leads an international project to locate and study the world's largest freshwater fish species.

He confirmed it was the heaviest fish on record since Thailand started keeping such statistics in 1981.

The fishermen had hoped to sell the fish to environmental groups, which planned to release it to spawn upriver, but it died before it could be handed over and then was chopped up and sold in pieces to villagers as food.

Hogan, whose work is funded by the World Wildlife Fund and the National Geographic Society, said he is planning to write a paper about the catch for a scientific journal.

"That's the best way to document this kind of thing," he told The Associated Press by telephone.

The Mekong giant catfish was listed as critically endangered in 2003 after research showed its numbers had fallen by at least 80 percent in the past 13 years.

Fishermen believe the catfish species has been declining largely because of dams and environmental damage along the Mekong River home to more species of giant fish than any other river, said an earlier statement by WWF and the society.

RedFanAlways1966
06-30-2005, 11:43 AM
The fishermen had hoped to sell the fish to environmental groups, which planned to release it to spawn upriver, but it died before it could be handed over and then was chopped up and sold in pieces to villagers as food.

Talk about "good ideas gone bad"!! At first Big Catfish was going back to the water to have wild & crazy times w/ his female kind. Next thing ya know he dies... and ends up on many tables and in many stomachs.

savafan
06-30-2005, 11:51 AM
http://network.news.com.au/image/0,10114,5022213,00.jpg

That's some good eatin'

RANDY IN INDY
06-30-2005, 03:52 PM
Wouldn't want to see any of that fish on a plate of mine.

Oxilon
07-01-2005, 12:17 AM
Would a fish that big even taste good at all? I know the older lobsters and crabs get, they start to taste worse and worse. But is that the case with fish? Personally, I wouldn't want to eat any fisht that big. Just the idea makes me kind of sick.

Ravenlord
07-01-2005, 01:14 AM
probably wouldn't taste good at all...and as long as it's been alive, it just might have absorbed so much mercury, lead, ammonia, etc you wouldn't want to eat it anyway.