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Claim: Photograph shows a record 140-pound catfish caught in Lake Texoma, Texas.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2004]
Origins: Large catfish are a subject of fascination both because they feature in
Some species of catfish do grow quite large, upwards of
In January 2004, 27-year-old Cody Mullennix of Howe, Texas, landed what was reported as a world record-sized
According to the Dallas Morning News:
Mullennix had caught big blues at Texoma before, but nothing like this. He was fishing from the bank with aSince the text accompanying the photograph at the head of this page references a "new state record catfish" caught at Lake Texoma and mentions that "the old record was
"When I saw the fish's tail, I knew this was a huge fish," Mullennix said.
All Mullennix could do was hold on. What followed was a seesaw battle with the fish taking line and the angler fighting to get it back. Though it seemed much longer, Mullennix thinks the fight lasted about 20 minutes.
Though the blue cat was exhausted, the fight wasn't over. Mullennix had to wade into the water and roll his catch onto the bank. That's when he pulled out his cellular phone and called a fishing buddy to bring a set of 100-pound scales.
Determined not to kill the big fish, Mullennix stood in the water about an hour, holding onto the fish, waiting for the scale to arrive.
"The fish bottomed out the 100-pound scale before we even got him off the ground," he said. "We knew we had to take this fish to a certified scale. We loaded it into a fishing buggy that I use to haul my gear to the water, then put it in the bed of a pickup truck."
The photograph is a real one, and the fish pictured may actually weigh close to
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