Now here’s a story you don’t hear every day.
The Midwest has been pounded with rain over the last several weeks. Several rivers, to include the Mississippi, are well over their banks and flooded out. Thousands of acres of farmland near riverways are underwater right now for this reason. In a crazy story from Illinois, one farmer took advantage of the situation and went fishing in his own backyard.
As you might have guessed, luck would have it Louis Glidewell caught one of the largest ever flathead catfish to ever come out of the state. According to reports, Glidewell was fishing near a railroad bed on his flooded farmland when he caught the giant fish.
After measurements were taken, Glidewell’s near-record flathead weighed out to 77.55 pounds, just missing the state mark by four pounds. It also had a 57-inch length and an incredible 37-inch girth.
Remarkably, Glidewell did decide to let this giant swim off and do battle with someone else another day. With a just a few more meals for a flathead catfish that size, it very likely would be the next Illinois state record.
Here’s to whoever catches it!