‘Monster’ catfish caught at Eagle Mountain Lake

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When Roger Smith felt the first tug, he thought his line was caught on a stump.

“I was reeling it in and it just stopped,” Smith, 62, said. “But when I reached down and grabbed the line to try it pull it loose ... he took off.”

‘He’ would be a mammoth catfish that Smith took on Wednesday afternoon while fishing with his buddy Billy Hicks at Eagle Mountain Lake.

The two men had taken off work a little early to go sand bass fishing —they caught about 60 of those — and were not expecting to tangle with a cat.

Smith, who said it took about 15 minutes to reel the big boy in, described the fish as a “monster.”

“It was pretty scary just getting him into the boat,” Smith said.

Hicks said they did not have a net, which made the task even more challenging.

Smith said the fish measured 41 inches long and estimated its weight at 50 pounds.

“We didn’t have a scale, but he was heavy,” Smith said. “His mouth was so wide you could stuff a football in it.”

After holding him up for a photo, Smith released the fish back into the lake.

Thursday morning, Smith was back at work, painting stripes on parking lots at TCU.

And yes, he said he’d rather be fishing.

Lee Williams, 817-390-7840 Twitter: @leewatson

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