There’s a new paddlefishing king of Tennessee. His name is Henry Dyer, and the lunker he hauled out of Cherokee Lake obliterated the state’s existing paddlefish record.
Dyer’s behemoth measured 7 feet, 5 inches long and tipped the scale at 149 pounds — 29 pounds heavier than the previous biggest paddlefish ever landed in Tennessee.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) posted the April 13 catch on its Instagram account. “BIG FISH ALERT!” it announced. Officials from the agency confirmed the record, The Tennesseean reported.
Dyer recalled the story of the fight to land the fish to WTVC news. What started by surprise lapsed into exhausting combat.
“When I snagged that thing, I thought I’d hung on a stump, and then, all of a sudden, it just took off,” he said. “I was in the back of a boat, and it was everything I could do to…