Fisherman hauls in 124-pound catfish

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ALTON, Ilinois (AP) -- 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 (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.


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I cant believe how fat that fish is. I hauled a 40 pounder out of the platte river when I was a kid and it was almost as long. Must have a thyroid problem.


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they are keeping it alive at the cabella's in KC. if they release it into the fish tank there i might have to go see it on down week.


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Originally posted by 2000Si@May 25 2005, 05:55 PM
Goddamn... That thing weighs 7 and a half pounds less than me. :ph34r:
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Goddamn... That thing weighs 1 pound more than me. :ph34r:


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bah, 125 isnt that small, i wreslted 119 my senior year in hs ( normal weight like 140) and i weight like 155 now so relaly i didnt grow that much, so i say 125 isnt that small :p


Originally posted by pissedoffsol@May 26 2005, 02:47 PM
seriously. i was 125 in 4th grade. lol
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wow you and that catfish have something in common . . .

lol, but seriously, that fish it 16lbs les than me!!!!!!!!