At the fourth annual Catfish Mafia Iron Man Tournament out of York, Pennsylvania, on Sept. 18, anglers Garrett Hollenbach, Ruth Osman, and Tom Prowant were rigged and ready for a full day of Susquehanna River action. But the fishing was slow for several hours—until Hollenbach got hungry.
“I was going for a sandwich when my rod started to peel drag like crazy,” Hollenbach told the Daily Item. “Tom was frantically telling me to look at my rod. It was just game-on after that. It was 15 minutes of pure abuse, saddling this fish.”
“It was a vicious bite and it took off running,” Prowant said. “We knew it was monstrous.”
Hollenback finally worked the fish close to their boat, and they knew he’d hooked a tourney winner.
“The first glimpse we got of the fish was just the tail. and as soon as we saw that, we were all in shock. We knew it was something huge,” Hollenbach said.
Once they boated the giant catfish, the friends realized it may…