Record Catfish Caught by “Occasional Angler”
By angelamontana

Posted: September 7, 2017

According to StarTribune, A Minnesota state record was set in the catch-and-release category when “occasional angler” Mark Mosby of St. Anthony caught went fishing at the St. Croix River near Stillwater with his fishing buddy on August 2, 2017.  This wasn’t an ordinary fish.  This was a HUMONGOUS fish!

Mosby caught a flathead catfish that measured 52½ inches long with a girth of 32 inches. Although weight is not required for the catch-and-release record, the fish was estimated to weigh between 70 and 80 pounds!

Kudos to my fishing partner John Kaiser for his knot-tying ability,” Mosby said. “The flathead put up a great 15-minute fight right up until he got to the boat and the knots held true.”

Mosby’s fish was caught on 80-pound line with a 40-pound monofilament leader.

Jake Robinson of Shakopee previously held the state record for flathead catfish with a 49-inch fish that he caught on May 15 in the Minnesota River near Savage, and it had a 33½-inch girth!  That one was caught on 100-pound test line.

You just never know what will happen when you go fishing!!  Tell us on Facebook what you think the biggest living catfish in Montana would weight and measure…