Veteran trotline fisherman Christopher Halley of Brookhaven, Mississippi, headed out onto the Mississippi River at Natchez for a day of setting trotlines for catfish on July 30. However the climate wasn’t cooperating. Rain, lightning, and poor outcomes from his trotlines that day would have deterred most people. However Halley stored at it.
“Most individuals wouldn’t keep on the market. It will get type of harmful,” he defined to the Natchez Democrat.
However Halley hunkered down in his stout Struggle Eagle 961 Blackhawk boat, the place he felt safe sufficient from the climate and river hazards. The storms lastly handed late within the day, so Halley settled in and went to sleep in his boat. The following morning, he returned to tending his set trotlines, baited with a secret household bait recipe. Quickly he discovered one thing monumental tugging at one in every of his trotline units.
“It was heavy, and my dip web wasn’t large enough,” he stated. “I received his head in, however his physique was hanging out, so I used my arms and grabbed him by the gills to drag him in.”
Halley often catches 50-pound cats from his trotlines, however this was a totally completely different caliber of blue cat—the most important he’d ever seen. He tried weighing it, however it was so heavy he couldn’t get an correct studying on his scale.
Halley then loaded the fish and drove it to Jo Bob’s Bait Store in Natchez, the place he received assist to weigh the fish on correct scales at 104-pounds.
After it was official weighed, he excitedly referred to as his in-laws, Sandra and David Case, as a result of they have been ones who confirmed him the methods and ways of trotlining cats on the Mississippi River.
“I referred to as my mother-in-law, and he or she couldn’t consider it,” Halley stated. “I knew it was the most important fish I had ever caught.”