August 20, 2009

Georgia man catches 103-pound catfish

A Georgia man said he reeled in a 103-pound flathead catfish from the Ocmulgee River, where the species of fish is non-native.

Tom Head, 76, said the fish he caught near Warner Robins this week measured more than 57 inches long and was more than 41 inches in girth, WSBTV, Atlanta, reported Thursday.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division said Head's fish was larger than the current state record by 20 pounds, but is not eligible because the angler was using a technique known as jug fishing, and a jug line is not considered sport tackle by state authorities. The department said flathead catfish are not native to the Ocmulgee River.