Lauderdale County Fisherman Catches Giant Catfish

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WATERLOO, Ala. (WHNT) - A Lauderdale County fisherman makes a big splash when he catches a giant catfish in the Tennesee River.

The fish weighs in at 65 pounds, and is nearly three feet long.

With one bite, the catfish was hooked.

“I thought good grief, that`s a big fish,” said the fisherman, Micah McGee.

However it wasn't until McGee got his catch onto the bank that he realized, this wasn't just a big fish... It was one for his personal record book.

”I thought I caught Moby Dick,” said McGee.

According to McGee, it wasn't an easy catch.

“I cast a line out and just sitting there enjoying life, and all of a sudden that big fish hit, and jerked my pole, bent it in half,” said the fisherman.

McGee wrestled with the catfish for nearly thirty minutes as it relentlessly tried to break the line and go free.

“I fought him and fought him.  He`d take line a little bit then I`d reel him in for a bit, it was just a battle there for a little while,” said McGee.

Even some of McGee's friends think this fish tale, may be too tall of a tale to believe.  However McGee insists, this big fish got caught with a little bit of bait and his rod and reel.

“I get all different kinds of reaction,” said McGee.  “Some people don`t think I caught him.  Some people think I caught him on a trout line, but I know myself, I`m the one who really reeled him in.”

Then after all that work McGee posed for a few pictures as evidence of the catch and let the fish go, back into the Tennessee River.

“Let someone else enjoy catching him,” said McGee.

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