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World Record Breaking Catch In East Texas

It's official. The world's largest catfish caught by rod and reel was caught in Texas and has a home in East Texas. The yet to be named 121 pound, 8 oz blue catfish was x-rayed tonight to make sure no foreign objects were present inside it to add weight.

Cody Mullennix caught the blue catfish friday at Lake Yexoma along the Oklahoma border. It's new home is the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens. David Campbell, program specialist with Texas Freshwater Fisheries said, "It's a one of a kind. It gives us an opportunity to teach people about fishing and to educate kids about fishing. It's extremely important to us."

After the x-ray, the catfish was put in a holding tank. It'll stay there until it goes on display at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center at a later date.

By the way, for the fishermen out there, Cody says he was using a 14 foot surf-rod, shad for bait, and his line was 20 pound test.
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