Thursday, August 21, 2008

State Record Caught on Barbie Rod

The Charlotte Observer is reporting a new North Carolina state record 21 lb Channel Catfish has been caught in a Wilkes county private pond. This record comes with a twist as the behemoth was landed on the Barbie rod pictured in the above photo (Courtesy of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission).

David Hayes landed the fish, which weighed 21 pounds, one ounce, on Aug. 5 in a private pond in the northwestern North Carolina county. He was fishing with his granddaughter Alyssa, 3, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission said.

So how did a grown man end up with a Barbie rod in his hand? Was it the typical "here, let me show you how to do it" that my own offspring has to deal with when fishing with dad?

"After catching two or three bluegill, Alyssa turns to me and says 'Papa, I've got to go to the bathroom. Hold my fishing rod,'" Hayes recalled

Isn't that how it always happens? The new record holder indicates that he is waiting for the sponsorship offers to start rolling in. Rumor is that the first reward will be new car (a bit on the small side) or perhaps even a Dreamhouse.

Head nod to the Editorial Trophy wife for finding this one.

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