Oklahoma Man Lands Flathead Catfish The ‘Size Of A 6th Grader’

flathead catfish underwater in the Mississippi River
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One of the biggest catfish caught in years in the great state of Oklahoma was landed by angler Bradly Courtright who was fishing on Pine Creek Reservoir when he hauled in a whopping 95-pound flathead catfish.

The longstanding Oklahoma state fishing record for flathead catfish was set all the way back in 1977 by angler C. Clubb who was fishing on Wister Lake near the Arkansas border when he landed a 106-pound flathead on a trotline. This absolutely gargantuan fish caught by Courtright was also landed on a trotline and fell just 11 pounds short of the unrestricted division state fishing record. Had he been fishing with a rod and reel it would have broke that record by 20 pounds!

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation shared images of the once-in-a-lifetime catfish this week and the details mentioned above on the previous record. Here’s Bradly Courtright holding up his flathead in the back of his truck:

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