Nate Williams and Kelly Millsap haul in an 85-pound, 2-ounce Flathead catfish to break the national hand fishing record in Texas tournament on Lake Tawakoni.
The birthplace of noodling, Oklahoma, has held the hand fishing national record for some time at 81 pounds. But as we all know, records are meant to be broken, and that is exactly what Team Adrenaline did with this giant flathead catfish in Texas.
At a staggering 85 pounds and 2 ounces, Nate Williams and Kelly Millsap teamed together to bring the new record to the surface of Lake Tawakoni in the lake’s tournament hosted by the West Tawakoni Volunteer Fire Department and Huauni Hunting Club of Oklahoma. And what an absolute giant it was, and congrats to the two noodlers!
The fish smashed the Texas State Record, obviously since it is now officially the National World Record for noodling.
The Quinlan-Tawakoni News broke the news to the public with a social media post, and it is garnering some serious attention as you can imagine. Not everyday do you see an 85-plus-pound catfish caught with nothing but hands!
But, just as impressive as the record fish is the total weight of Team Adrenalin’s day, as well as some of their competitors. Below is an excerpt from the Facebook post.
They took first place in the tournament along with Big Fish with a total weight of 203 pounds, 8 ounces. The other two fish weighed 62 pounds, 2 ounces and 56 pounds, 4 ounces.
Skeeter Standerfer’s Team S&S placed second with three fishing weighing 172 pounds, 4 ounces. That team’s big fish weighed 71 pounds, 8 ounces.
Close behind in third place was Po Boys and a total weight of 167 pounds, 12 ounces and a big fish weight of 61 pounds, 6 ounces.
Have a day! Although that many monster flathead would provide some serious meat and make for a great fish fry, the catfish were released back into the lake. What an absolute giant and incredible fish. Just look at the size of it’s head!
Hand fishing has gained a lot of popularity and it is a fun way to get outside and enjoy a day at the lake. Just make sure you don’t end up in a bad situation like this guy and almost lose your hand to a water moccasin!