Originally posted by: 4ty8er on 9/30/2005 2:31:52 PM
Fayetteville man breaks 1994 record with catch.
Fayetteville, NC -- Lifelong fisherman Brian Newberger never keeps what he catches, not even the eye-popping, record-setting catfish he landed more than a week ago.
The Fayetteville man was on the Cape Fear River after midnight on September 17 when he took his boat to a place where he knew giant catfish fed. Newberger cut a live, 14-inch eel so it would bleed. Then, he waited.
The flathead catfish took the bait, and after 40 minutes, gave up the battle. When Newberger got the fish to the state certified scales, he found out he'd caught the biggest catfish in North Carolina history, 78 pounds, 52 inches long and three feet around. The old mark was 69 pounds caught in the Cape Fear in 1994.
Newberger kept his fish alive in a custom-made tank inside his boat until he could get it weighed. Once the weight was confirmed, he put the fish back into the river, calling it "one of God's creations."
I always liked fishing the Cape Fear, but neve caught a flathead near that size!