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Postby Mercer Boy » Wed May 25, 2005 12:03 am

I know a lot of you like to fish here (I'm looking at Lush and aww mostly :-)), so here's the type of fish you should be looking for.

Yahoo! News wrote:ALTON, Ill. - It sounds like the sort of tale Mark Twain might have cooked up: A man fishing in the Mississippi River hauls in a blue catfish roughly the size of a sixth-grader. But this is no fish story. Early Sunday, Tim Pruitt caught a 124-pound blue catfish.

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, 8 ounces.

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 is 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.

Pruitt's fish, measuring 58 inches long and 44 inches around, was swimming below the Melvin Price Lock and Dam on the Mississippi River at Alton on Saturday night when it grabbed Pruitt's line. The two struggled for more than half an hour, and at one point the fish dragged the boat carrying Pruitt, his wife and a friend before Pruitt could reel it in.

The fish has been kept alive and will be on display in a tank at the Cabela's Outfitter store in Kansas City, Kan., according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Pruitt, 33, of Godfrey, told the (Peoria) Journal Star's outdoors columnist that he considered releasing the fish in the river but decided to donate it to Cabela's "because I thought it might be neat to give people a chance to see a fish that massive."


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Postby Dr. Duran Duran » Wed May 25, 2005 1:03 am

Sweet Jesus! That's friggin' amazing!!! 8-o 8-o 8-o
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Postby deluxe_247 » Wed May 25, 2005 3:22 am

what i want to know is how he managed to keep that big of a fish alive after he caught it. i mean...what would you transport it in?? :-?
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Postby Homeless » Wed May 25, 2005 7:56 am

I dont think I could lift that thing off the ground!
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Postby kashikis » Wed May 25, 2005 8:16 am

What I want to know is if it's still alive how come it didn't knock him down. Last time I picked up a fish out of the water it spazzed out. And a fish that big throwing a conniption fit would knock my square on my ass.
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Postby SwiperNoSwiping » Wed May 25, 2005 8:17 am

That is awesome. That fish is huge. That blew away the records too. Maybe that was the one the old guys were going after in Grumpy Old Men. Haha. :-)
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Postby hastur » Wed May 25, 2005 8:48 am

Meridith Burgess:

Hi, can I land you?

sweet jesus, look at your stingers!

I'd like to go fishin in your swimming hole...
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Postby SwiperNoSwiping » Wed May 25, 2005 9:11 am

hastur wrote:Meridith Burgess:

Hi, can I land you?

sweet jesus, look at your stingers!

I'd like to go fishin in your swimming hole...


LOL. Catfish Hunter. Finally came to me. :-)
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Postby Cornbread Maxwell » Wed May 25, 2005 9:24 am

thats amazing - nice find MB. ;-D
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Postby Lushcrush » Wed May 25, 2005 9:34 am

It would be hard to keep one of those alive ... I imagine they would chain it to the boat dock until they find a cattle tank to put in the back of a truck, fill it up and take off.
Here's our state record ... caught on Spam. It's a 116 lb Blue.
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