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Bloomington man lands 52-pound flathead catfish

October 07, 2011 at 03:04 PM

The Associated Press

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) - On the first bite David Shoot’s big fish got away. 

Given a second chance the central Illinois man reeled the catfish in. But it took a while. 

Shoot told The Pantagraph in Bloomington (http://bit.ly/phEB42 ) that the flathead catfish weighed in at almost 52 pounds. That’s well short of the 78-pound state record but still one big catfish. 

Shoot lives in Hudson which is about 15 miles north of Normal. 

He says he threw a line in the water as he worked on his docked boat on Lake Bloomington. The fish took the bait once but got away. 

Shoot said he tried again in the same spot and hooked the fish again. After more than 45 exhausting minutes Shoot said he finally landed the catfish.

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