Have you ever dreamed of catching the biggest fish around?
Well, Michael Dollar from Georgia did just that! He recently caught the largest flathead catfish on record at Clarks Hill, weighing in at a whopping 70 pounds!
This record-breaking fish was weighed on a certified scale at Raysville Bait and Tackle.
Dollar, who hails from Raysville, snagged the monster fish earlier this month on March 4th, while crappie fishing.
But it wasn’t an easy feat, as he had to fight the fish for nearly 40 minutes using only a 6-pound test fishing line.
Despite the challenge, Dollar proudly posted about his catch on Facebook, expressing his disbelief and excitement.
If you’re interested in catching your flathead catfish, here are some wild facts to remember.
Flatheads can grow to enormous sizes exceeding 120 pounds, but most are found at smaller sizes, less than 50 pounds.
There are plenty of great fishing spots throughout Georgia, including Altamaha River, Lake Oconee, and Flint River at Seminole, where you can try your luck and possibly snag a trophy catch.
Flathead catfish can grow up to 61 inches in length and weigh up to 123 pounds, making them the second-largest North American catfish after the blue catfish.
Dive deeper into Dollar’s new record by clicking here for the complete story on the GON website.