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Postby JTWood » Wed May 25, 2005 9:23 pm

I was born and raised in the same town where this fish was caught. We always joked that catfish would just lay around on the bottom of the Mississippi getting fat. This is a little bigger than we were thinking of.

CNN.com wrote: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.

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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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Postby curious_george_43545 » Wed May 25, 2005 9:26 pm

8-o 8-o 8-o
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Re: Check Out This Fish

Postby SaintsOfTheDiamond » Wed May 25, 2005 9:30 pm

8-o 8-o 8-o

JTWood wrote:I was born and raised in the same town where this fish was caught.

I've got family that lives in/near Alton. ;-D They've never said anything about the fishing being that good. :-D
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Postby so0perspam » Wed May 25, 2005 9:31 pm

Whoa .... 8-o
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Re: Check Out This Fish

Postby JTWood » Wed May 25, 2005 9:33 pm

SaintsOfTheDiamond wrote:8-o 8-o 8-o

JTWood wrote:I was born and raised in the same town where this fish was caught.

I've got family that lives in/near Alton. ;-D They've never said anything about the fishing being that good. :-D

What town?
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Postby logan » Wed May 25, 2005 9:35 pm

you guys dropping the same stuff in the rivers down there that they do in springfield? any three eyed fish swimming around down there?

thats a big fish 8-o
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Postby SaintsOfTheDiamond » Wed May 25, 2005 9:38 pm

JTWood wrote:What town?

I believe most actually live in the city/town of Alton. It's my Grandma's brother and his kids and their family -- so whatever that makes them to me :-D. But then again that wasn't part of the question. :-?
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Postby BigMusky » Wed May 25, 2005 9:43 pm

Go to any dam on the mississippi south of the Iowa Border and there are probably fish that big.
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Postby JTWood » Wed May 25, 2005 9:52 pm

BigMusky wrote:Go to any dam on the mississippi south of the Iowa Border and there are probably fish that big.

Which would explain why the top 10 blue catfish in the world were caught in Iowa and Illinois.

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Postby SHOCKandAWE » Wed May 25, 2005 10:45 pm

Thats a pretty nice fish. I saw it on CNN today
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