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Do you believe in Monsters?

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Catfishing Myths.

Every year as I make my way across the south eastern US filming or competing in catfishing tournaments, I always seem to hear the same stories from the locals about giant monster catfish that lurk in the their waters of that particular town I’m in at the time.

The stories seem to be similar but at the same time; each story has its own version of how these huge catfish have eluded catfish anglers for years.

As each story I hear starts to unfold, I always get tickled on the inside but keep it to myself and always listen to each one patiently with interest and amazement, never attempting to spill the beans on the real truth about the actual size catfish can grow to.

The Top #1 Myth.
Scuba divers that were cleaning the intakes at the bases of a dam said there are catfish down there the size volkswagons and could swallow a man whole and refuse to go back down there.

Other myths I have heard involve a river grapple, a rope and chain, the hind quarters of a goat and winch on a wrecker or jeep with the same end result, the fish always eluded the fisherman somehow and these giant fish still remain uncatchable.

Granted there is some truth to these stories to a certain extent. However there are no catfish in the US that can grow nowhere near the size described in this folklore that could swallow a man whole.

In the past there has been has been some documentation of catfish measuring 5 feet long and weighing in excess of 200 lbs. from the 1800’s.

However the current world record blue catfish was caught in 2011 from John H.Kerr- Buggs Island reservoir near Clarksville VA. And weighed in at 143 pounds and measured 57 inches long.
Although the folklore will always continue to be told for the new generations to hear and the stories will always have different variations but I don’t think we have to worry about our small children and babies getting eat up by these fictitious monster catfish.

Do I believe in monsters?
Yes, any catfish over fifty pounds I consider a monster catfish.

The biggest catfish I have ever caught weighed in at just over 85 pounds and was caught from the Mississippi River in 2010 but I do believe that there is a bluecat somewhere lurking about that will weigh 200 pounds, where it will be caught who knows, but if I had to guess, I would say it will come from one of the wild, naturally free flowing rivers such as Missouri or Mississippi rivers.

Mustad Hook Promotion for 2012: Hook a Million

One of my sponsors Mustad Hooks is having a promotional contest that will run until Sept. 30 2012 and will be awarding $100,000.00 To some lucky unsuspecting angler that catches a state record fish using a Mustad hook.

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Nobody ever goes out and catches these records intentionally, its just something that happens when you least expect it.

Some anglers like myself that fish more frequently than others will fish for years and never catch a state record, it always seems to be someone that just gets lucky and stumbles up on it.

So if you like to fish, why not be prepared when you stumble upon your fish of a lifetime.


Auburn, NY (March 2012) — Mustad®, the world’s largest-selling fish hook brand, is hoping its Hook a Million promotion will deliver $1.4 million in cash to lucky anglers who set new world and state records.

Since the promotion started, there’s been an amazing run of big fish caught by anglers who have not been registered in the promotion. Three remarkable catches in three months tell the story:

• World Class Yellowfin Tuna: In January a 430-pound yellowfin tuna, the largest ever recorded, was caught on a Mustad® Demon® Perfect Circle hook near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico by Ronnie Tegland. The fish didn’t qualify as an IGFA World Record because two anglers touched the rod. Ronnie was not registered.

• State Record Largemouth: In February, Arkansas angler Paul Crowder caught a 16-pound, 5-ounce largemouth bass to set an Arkansas state record. Paul was not registered and unfortunately, the fish was not taken legally and the state record was rescinded.

• State Record Walleye: Jim Zimmerman of Wisconsin may have wished he had registered in the Mustad Hook a Million promotion. On March 11 he caught a 15.08-pound walleye that has been certified as a new Illinois State Record.

Registration in the Mustad Hook a Million promotion is FREE. To qualify for big cash awards, anglers must register in advance and simply catch the new record on any Mustad hook. There’s still plenty of time to register. The promotion runs through September 30, 2012 and includes 10 of the country’s most popular fresh and saltwater fish. These include Largemouth Bass, Walleye, Channel Catfish, White Crappie, Coho Salmon, Striped Bass, Kelp Bass (Calico Bass), Red Drum (Redfish), Spotted Seatrout (Speckled Trout) and Yellowfin Tuna. It’s open to US residents 18 & over and to participate, anglers must use a Mustad hook and register only once at least 24 hours in advance of fishing.

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