This is the largest fish I have ever caught!!! It weighed 9 pounds 5 ounces and was 31 inches long. I caught him on a dead minnow. This pond is way back in the woods - as you can tell from the background on this picture.
I got him up on the bank and the hook came out of his mouth. No fear though-my wonderful husband was there on his knees and grabbed him with his hands. Grandson Rowdy got in on the action and got the scale in his mouth.
Like all catfish...this was an ugly thing. Leon said it was a blue cat.