This record-breaking catfish could eat a dog!
Mathew McConkey of Kansas City, Missouri was checking his trot lines on the Missouri River when he grabbed the line on a big one. After this record-breaking flathead catfish was measured and weighed, it topped out at 100 pounds even, and 57 inches long.
“Once I grabbed the line I knew right away that I had big one,” said McConkey. “The giant moved my 17-foot Lowe boat around like it was nothing.”
The state of Missouri recognizes two different types of records within the state. The first of the two records, and most commonly recognized in the fishing industry, are the standard pole and line records.
This catfish, has been recognized in the second group of records, the alternative-methods category.
What’s even more impressive about this catch is that this is the eighth record-breaking fish for the state this year. Only two more fish to catch, and 2015 will also break the record for most records caught in a single year.
For the state of Missouri, alternative methods are considered any fish caught by bowfishing, throwlines, limb lines, bank lines, jug lines, spearfishing, snagging, snaring, gigging, grabbing, and atlatl.