Originally Posted by Great White Hunter
Nice catfish! Yeah, we've got them real big here too. There are a good number caught in the 50 - 60# range but they can close in on 100#'s. There was one caught in Lake Texoma, I believe that was just over 100 lbs. That is the state record. It's at the Freshwater Fishery in Athens for people to see (about 20 miles east of me). We checked my buddy's trot lines the other day and had 6 blue cats (4 between 1 - 4#'s, 1 at 8.5#, and 1 at 9.5#). Decent haul but still pretty slow. We also on that day shot a 6 foot alligator gar and a 4+ foot needle-nose gar. We were bowfishing - Of course, I personally did no damage on my 2nd ever bowfishing trip shooting just under the 4+ footer, then my buddy's son shot it for me and reeled it in to the side of the boat where it "expired". There was 5# of meat in what we call the "backstraps" of the gar alone, got 5# out of the catfish and let a few go in my own tank that I've stocked with cats. I did have bass but the drought and the blue herons did them in.
Didn't even think people ate gar
?But as far as that big one you are taking about,if it is the one I'm thinking of it weighed in at 121lbs and was the world record for a couple of years.It died a year or so back.I'm glad the guy that caught it let the State aquarium have instead of selling it to one the big chain stores.