Monster catfish caught in Missouri River
ST. LOUIS - Give a man a fish, you will feed him for today. Teach a man to
fish, he may set a world record.
Greg Bernal and his friend Janet Momphard were fishing early
Tuesday morning in the Missouri River near the Columbia bottoms
when they came across a 130 pound catfish.
"I knew he was big," Bernal said. "I knew he had to be 80
pounds. But, I didn't think he was going to be this size."
Bernal and Momphard struggled with the fish for over half an
hour but finally managed to get the catfish onto their John Boat by
getting a net around him.
"He put up a good fight," Bernel said. "But he ended up coming
right at the boat, swam right to the boat when I set the hook on
Conservation agent Dan Brown is confident the 130 pound catfish
will set a new record.
"We've certified world records before and he seems to be
perfectly in line with everything," Brown said. "I don't think
there'll be any problem."
The great catch will have no problem bypassing an earlier record
set 20 years ago in the Mississippi River when a 103 pound catfish
Greg says he plans to have the catfish mounted in a local
fishing supply store if they are interested.