10-year-old catches huge catfish nearly as big as him

10-year-old catches huge catfish nearly as big as him

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10-year-old catches huge catfish nearly as big as him

Hudson Simmons, a 10-year-old who weighs 62 pounds, landed a world-record-sized blue catfish that was nearly as big as him.

Simmons was fishing with his father, Jimmy, and guide Chris Edwards on Lake Conroe in Texas recently when he caught the monster catfish weighing 55 pounds, 9 ounces.

The blue catfish, weighed on a certified scale, beats the current world record for the smallfry division (age 10 and under) by one pound and easily broke the junior lake record for the biggest catfish.

Last year, a 54-pound, 9-ounce blue catfish was caught by Dylan Sorrells at Lake Tawakoni, Texas. Edwards said they plan to check on submitting Simmons’ fish to the International Game Fish Association, which is the keeper of world-record fish. So technically it’s a potential world record until IGFA certifies it.

The previous junior lake record was set on March 11, 2011 and weighed 38 pounds, 12 ounces.

“I thought it was a shark,” Simmons told KTRK in a report aired Wednesday. “It kept trying to get underneath the boat. It wouldn’t come up.”

Simmons, using an ultralight rod with 10-pound-test line, battled the blue catfish for more than 30 minutes.

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“It’s a great story,” Edwards told BNQT. “He hooked into it and it kept going and going and going. It almost spooled us, so we had to get the trolling motor on high and go chase it. We finally caught up with it and then it just stayed down.

“The main thing was we had to keep talking Hudson into staying with it because he’d get a little tired. He held on, though. He did a great job and stayed with it the whole time.”

Simmons told BNQT the fish “wore me out.”

Knowing it could possibly be a record, they took the catfish to weigh it on a certified scale.

“We went to the post office first but they said, ‘We’re not going to let you come in with that fish,’ so they said there’s a mailing center three buildings down, in the city of Montgomery,” Edwards explained to BNQT. “So we weighed it there.”

The plan is to have the fish mounted.

Top photo shows Hudson Simmons and guide Chris Edwards holding the record blue catfish. The bottom photo shows Simmons with his father, Jimmy, holding the fish. Photos provided by Chris Edwards used with permission.

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