Florida Man Reels In Record-Setting 120-Pound Catfish

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A Florida man made history last week, reeling in a 120-pound catfish, a state record for the species, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Joel Singletary found the catfish, which is 1.7 times the size of the biggest catfish previously on record, on his trotline in the Choctawhatchee River.

Because the blue catfish was captured via trotline, Singletary is not eligible for an official catch record. According to Big Catch Florida, "Certified state record fish must be legally caught using an active hook-and-line method (including a proper license or exemption) by sport fishing methods, identified by a Commission biologist and weighed on a certified scale." A trotline is a heavy fishing line with baited hooks that go into the water.

As the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported, Singletary wondered "how he was going to get the fish on his boat." The solution, according to the office? "Adrenaline," which the FWC claimed enabled Singletary to pull the fish aboard his ship.

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