Fisherman Reels In Hefty Catch

An East Texan fishing in Lake Palestine got more than he bargained for Sunday morning.

Fisherman Ray Allen Jr. wasn't sure what he had caught until he pulled a 96 pound catfish aboard his vessel. The catfish weighed-in about five pounds lighter than the lake's record catch.

Allen struggled for thirty minutes just to get his fish above deck.

"I felt him on the line," recalls Allen. "I saw him making a swirl about the size of this truck behind me."

Allen plans on keeping the fish for a good meal later on.

Kerri Panchuk reporting.