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 him."
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 was caught.
Greg says he plans to have the catfish mounted in a local fishing supply store if they are interested.