Tyler Schmid was about to call it a day when all of a sudden his rod bent in half. About 10 minutes later, Tyler hauled in this 90 pound catfish from the Cumberland River in Tennessee. It is estimated that this fish was about 30 years old, and Schmid decided to let it go.
Tyler Schmid and his friend Dave Plowman were close to calling it quits on a slow fishing day in Tennessee when a massive fish suddenly bit the bait.
“We were probably within 30 minutes giving up and all of a sudden that rod point just went straight down,” Schmid told the Tennessean. “And the fight was on.”
The fight lasted almost 10 minutes before Schmid was finally able to drag the 90-pound blue catfish out of the Cumberland River and into their boat.
“It wore me out,” he said. “I was still sore three days later.”
The fish measured 51 inches in length and 37 inches in girth. It was nearly a state record, but didn’t quite reach the 112-pound blue catfish caught in 1998.