Photos: Tennessee Man Breaks Record with Enormous Blue Catfish

Photos: Tennessee Man Breaks Record with Enormous Blue Catfish
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A Tennessee man surprised state wildlife officials last month by catching a monstrous blue catfish weighing in well over 100 pounds. Angler Micka Burkhart caught the 118.7-pound blue while fishing on the Cumberland River last month. While awaiting official certification, Burkhart’s catch from Sept. 24 will likely hold the new Tennessee state record, shattering the previously held for over 24 years.

Burkhart was fishing with his wife on a stretch of the Cumberland River in northern Tennessee when he set the hook on a seemingly “decent” fish, Burkhart told News Channel 9. He was using a three-inch chunk of skipjack he caught on an 8/0 Gamakatsu hook, trolled on or slightly above the bottom at 40 to 50 feet. The catfish swam towards Burkhart’s boat and then took off on an aggressive first run, proving Burkhart was dealing with more than an average fish.

“It apparently saw me and realized it was hooked,” Burkhart told News Channel 9. “When it took off that time it nearly…

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