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Big catfish caught in Texas

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by lethal tupperwa, Feb 23, 2004.

  1. lethal tupperwa

    lethal tupperwa

    Aug 20, 2002
    >Thursday, January 22, 2004
    >It's the classic big fish story: Fisherman dreams of monster catfish. Fisherman slaves over hot spinning rod for 10 anonymous years. World yawns. Fisherman gets lucky, catches monster catfish. World goes crazy. Welcome to the mixed-up world of Cody Mullennix, a North Texas angler who last Friday managed to corral a 121 1/2-pound record blue catfish from Lake Texoma and change his life at the same time. That's record as in lake, state, world and line class.
    >"This is the fish I've been looking for for 10 years," Mullennix said. "I knew it was a big fish, but I didn't know it was going to be all
    >this. It's crazy. I've been on the phone since Friday morning."
    >All the world loves a big fish tale, and it's certainly loving this one, especially since Mullennix, 27, was fishing not from a boat but simply from a spot on the lake's bank when he landed the giant. "There's been more publicity and interest in this than anything that's happened here in the last few years," said Phil Durocher, chief of inland fisheries at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. "It's a big, big catfish, the biggest fish at the (Texas Freshwater) Fisheries Center." Durocher said the fish, which Mullennix donated alive to the state, would be put on display in the outdoor reservoir display at the fisheries center in Athens, which is about 75 miles east of Dallas.
    >"We wanted to put it in the aquarium inside," he said, "but those big blues tend to eat everything in there. We can't have that." Mullennix was just minding his own business last week, fishing alone at one of his favorite spots. "I live just 15 minutes from the lake, and I've been fishing there for 10 years, trying to catch those big catfish," Mullennix said. "I had landed a 56-pounder earlier that morning. After this fish hit, it came up and rolled about 70 yards out, and I knew it was going to be big." With 450 yards of 20-pound line on his big spinning reel, Mullennix said, he played the fish into shallow water. Then he waded out to hold it while calling for help on his cell phone. One friend came with a scale that wouldn't weigh the fish. "I knew it was big before we weighed it, but when the 100-pound scale bottomed out, I knew it was really big," Mullennix said. Mullennix and friends finally got the fish out of the lake, then turned it over to Texas Parks and Wildlife fisheries experts. It was transferred to the fisheries center, where it's reportedly doing just fine. Once the fish has been monitored for infection or any stress because of being caught and moved, it will be put on display. A veterinarian will examine the fish tonight to make certain that it hasn't ingested any foreign objects that could have increased its weight, which exceeds all other record weights for blue catfish.
    >The current world record of 111 pounds is in jeopardy, as is the all-tackle record 116.75 pounds, caught in the Mississippi River in 2001. Both could fall once Mullennix's fish is certified. The record catfish will be put on display at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens, which has 300,000 gallons of aquariums and features a daily dive show and on-site fishing. For more information, visit or call the center at (903) 676-2277.

    That looks photoshopped.
  2. f1b32oPTic

    f1b32oPTic R4d104c71v3

    Aug 5, 2003
    up close & personal
    that is not the cat caught in texas, ive seen pics of that one and they are not photochopped, the one in texas was a large reservoir blue cat, and the one in your post is a european Wels catfish
    (silurnis glanis) now those get 500lbs. big with 300lb. fish common.

  3. nipperwolf


    Oct 3, 2002
  4. spetsnaz777

    spetsnaz777 Team 9mmx19

    Aug 9, 2000
    Arlington, Virginia
    Catfish are real abundant down here in VA/MD... They taste great fried up.