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    Default Big Fish story

    Really, really big fish story:


    Man Hooks World Record 124-Pound Catfish 3 minutes ago



    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
    It's a good thing he had it put on display. It would have needed a cooker the size of a bathtub and a truck load of fries.
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    The beast:
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    WTF. That is NOT a fish. That is a beast with gills. How the hell do you reel that in??? It's like jaws but fat and with whiskers.
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    ... Would've been funny if he'd thrown it back when he was done.

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    MMMMMMMMMM Blackened Catfish ........

    Who's cookin'?
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    What is that other guy doing??!!
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    Impressive catch. Have only done salt water fishing myself, and seeing 100+ lbs ain't that big a deal. Always wanted to try some fresh water fishing....
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    I saw this on the news this morning before work. It looks even bigger when you see it swimming in the tank. Awesome fish.


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    World Record Fish is going to make World Record Stink!


    KANSAS CITY, Kan. - A record 124-pound blue catfish caught earlier this week by an Illinois man fishing in the Mississippi River died on its way to the Cabela's Outfitter store where it was to go on display.

    Tim Pruitt, 33, of Godfrey, Ill., caught the world-record blue catfish early Sunday near Alton.

    The fish, measuring 58 inches long and 44 inches around, was kept alive and was to be displayed in a tank at Cabela's in Kansas City, Kan., but it died en route to the store.

    "We're baffled by this," Fred Cronin, a fisheries biologist for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, told The Kansas City Star. "We took a lot of precautions to see that the fish was comfortable.

    "But we're talking about a fish that was very old, very heavy," he said. "The stress of being transported like that could have been too much."

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    Originally posted by ullrichk
    World Record Fish is going to make World Record Stink!

    PFire must have got to it
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    That's a lot of vittles there man. Not a fish person myself, but you know that after fighting that monster for a half hour and seeing how big it was when he got it on the deck it was not going back in.

    No one would have believed him, even if he had pictures.
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    Wonder what weight of line he used to pull that baby in? And remind me not to swim in the Mississippi.

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    Originally posted by Plattsfire2
    And remind me not to swim in the Mississippi.
    Yeah, who needs sharks when you have beasts like that swimming around to nibble on you.
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    Imagine what a surprise it would have been if he had been "noodling" instead of hook and line.
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    Originally posted by jsdobson
    Imagine what a surprise it would have been if he had been "noodling" instead of hook and line.



    I'm wondering how many people out there in forum land don't even know what noodling is?
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    Originally posted by ullrichk





    I'm wondering how many people out there in forum land don't even know what noodling is?
    I have a good idea of what it is, but I am not positive.

    My guess is that copius amounts of adult beverages are consumed before someone has the lack on inhibition to put that in the water to bait a fish.
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    Originally posted by DaSharkie


    I have a good idea of what it is, but I am not positive.

    My guess is that copius amounts of adult beverages are consumed before someone has the lack on inhibition to put that in the water to bait a fish.
    Noodling..... That's where they just go and cram their arm into a dark hole under water and try to grab a fish and pull it out, isn't it????
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    I too have an idea ..........but no real answer...who is going to fill us in ?
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    Originally posted by firenresq77


    Noodling..... That's where they just go and cram their arm into a dark hole under water and try to grab a fish and pull it out, isn't it????
    We have a winner!

    Apparently this is quite popular in certain circles. Definitely not in mine.
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    Originally posted by jsdobson
    Imagine what a surprise it would have been if he had been "noodling" instead of hook and line.
    This one time, at band camp..

    Wait, no. That's not the right story.

    This one time, we were fishing..

    Well, a group of guys wanted to demonstrate how to "noodle" in their live well. So, since I wanted a few laughs, I went over and watched.

    Idiot reached inch, and "noodles" for a (I think it was) a large mouth bass. Boy did he ever get a surprise when the fish decided it got hungry.

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