Ohio Teen Jug Fishes Potential State Record Blue Catfish

Ohio Teen Jug Fishes Potential State Record Blue Catfish
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Jaylynn Parker just caught the biggest catfish in Ohio history. Parker, a sophomore at New Richmond High School, landed the 101-pound blue catfish while fishing on the Ohio River.  

Parker and her family are jug fishers—a method in which a baited hook is suspended beneath a large milk jug or other float. When a fish bites, tension provided by the float automatically hooks the fish, which can then be pulled up by hand. 

On Sunday, April, 7, a fish took the bait—and it was an absolute tank. Parker, who’s fished for catfish since she was a toddler, got support from her father and their family friend to pull it out of the water. “Obviously, I needed help with the fish since I’m only 117 pounds myself,” Parker told WLWT5. “Without Jeff and my dad, this wouldn’t have been possible.”

Once the group landed the blue catfish, they knew they had something special. They weighed it on a home scale, which showed it at 108 pounds, and called in an Ohio…

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