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CHORNOBYL', UKRAINE - AUGUST 18: A giant catfish swallows a piece of bread while swimming in a contaminated cooling pond at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant on August 18, 2017 near Chornobyl', Ukraine. On April 26, 1986 reactor number four exploded after a safety test went wrong, spreading radiation over thousands of square kilometers in different directions. The nearby town of Pripyat, which had a population of approxiamtely 40,000 and housed the plant workers and their families, was evacuated and has been abandoned ever since. Today tourists often visit the town on specially-organized tours from Kiev. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Stories like this one make me won’t stay on a boat or dock, and out of the water; a North Carolina man reeled in a record-setting blue catfish this past weekend.

Friends Rocky Baker and HIS FRIEND, Justin Clifton were fishing on the Roanoke River when they hit gold. The two friends were not searching for the largest fish, but rather had plans to fish all night when they came across it.

It took the men 20 minutes to wrangle the massive fish who ended up weighing in at just over 127 pounds. Not only does this blue catfish shatter the previous record of 121.9 pounds, caught back in July of 2020, it is also the third-largest blue catfish ever caught in the US.

The men kept the fish alive in a tank until they could get it weighed and then released it back in the Roanoke Rover.

Last night will go down as a night my good friend and fishing partner Rocky Baker and i will never forget. The night...

Posted by Justin Ryan Clifton on Sunday, July 11, 2021