The heavy catch reached 131 lb (59.4 kg). And the According to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and ParksIt broke the previous state record of 95 pounds (43 kg) set by Dakota Henson in 2009.
It also broke the Mississippi record for largest blue catfish ever caught, regardless of method, set in 1997 at 101 lb (45.8 kg) by Freddy Parker and Brad Smith.
But the common denominator of the three enormous catfish is that they were sailing through Natchez, Miss., when fishermen lured them in.
“I weigh 175 pounds and am 69 and this fish has given me a workout,” Cronley said. as it happens Guest host Dave Seglins.
He was out hunting with his brother when he encountered the monster.
“we [were] He said, “I just sat there and it took about two minutes, and then he hit her.” I grabbed the pole. We got a rod holder, we picked up a rod holder and grabbed it. And all he was doing was dragging and pulling and pulling.”
Then the creature took the brothers for a ride.
“We had to… unpack the boat and drift across the river with the fish….just me [kept] I’d say work with him for about 30 minutes to try and energize him.”
“We raised the head and the fin. And we [were] Having a hard time getting the rest of it there. we continued [and] When we finally got it, I fumbled in the boat.”
Then the pair cut a small hole in the bottom lip of the catfish and tied a rope to it. They had 250 liter coolers in the boat, but none of them were big enough to fish.
So the brothers wrestled with its weight and put the fish back in the water for the shore by the boat as they made their way back to the riverbank.
When they got home, they evaluated their fish and realized that it was twice as large as the catfish they normally catch – which range from 40 to 50 pounds (18 to 23 kilograms) – and had a “real big head on it.”
It turned out that her length is almost 1.7 meters and weight is about 60 kilograms.
“We knew it was big, but I didn’t realize that much,” Cronley said. “It feels good.”
The fisherman has donated the record-breaking blue catfish to the local wildlife museum, which he says he plans to install. At the same time, he had no intention of hanging up his fishing rod just yet.
“I’m still hunting,” he said, “but I thought it would be downhill from here now.”
Written by Mahik Mazhar. Interview with Eugene Cronley produced by Aloysius Wong.