Kicker: A fish this big

NICK EICHER, HOST: Jeffrey Dill needed just three things to break a Virginia state fishing record: one, good timing; two, a cheap rod from Walmart; and, three, 15 minutes to reel in the monster on the other end of his line.

Dill dragged a 68-pound flathead catfish out of Lake Smith on May 26th. He told WAVY TV that when a friend used his net to help pull the fish onto the dock, the net snapped. But they eventually wrestled him out of the water.

DILL: I could barely hold him up. REPORTER: Have you named the catfish? DILL: Big Earle REPORTER: Big Earle DILL: Big Earle!

Dill took the fish to a bait and tackle shop in nearby Virginia Beach and waited for a game and wildlife biologist to inspect the catch.  

Turned out “Big Earle” was big enough to beat the previous record of 66 pounds, set in 1994.

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