12-year-old Lawson Boyte reeled in a record-setting 114.1 pound catfish from the Mississippi river. The Oak Grove, Louisiana boy told KNOE 8 News, “I was just reeling in to check my bait and when I pulled back, that pole pulled back down to the water.” Despite Boyte weighing just 100 pounds, he was able to pull in the monstrous catch that broke the previous Louisiana record of 110.19 pounds from April 2005.
Boyte was out fishing with his uncle, Jim Danley, and cousin, Bo Danley, when the swimming behemoth grabbed a hold of the shad bait. But the six-grader doesn’t think it wasn’t just the bait that did the trick. He says it was his special snack. "It was more luck than it was skill to catch that big fish. I think the thing that done it was eating Vienna sausages," said Boyte.
Jim Danley takes the boys out fishing as often as possible and told the station, “There was some old men that fished the river, was kinda like my heroes you know, and it finally happened. I got him. Or that boy got him but I was there with him you know. So that, that make it all worthwhile.” Bo agrees saying, “It’s cool to know that I was there to witness it. It’s a once in a lifetime thing. It don’t ever happen much.”
At the start of the week the enormous fish was sent to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to determine the exact species and age of the fish.
Video and more info: KNOE