Trino Diaz of Peoria, Arizona, landed a beast from an unlikely physique of water: whereas fishing a metropolis canal on the outskirts of Pheonix, he reeled within the 42-pound flathead catfish proven above. He caught the enormous whereas utilizing a traditional catfish bait—rooster liver. It was Diaz’s second time fishing on the native canal. He’d by no means caught something practically as massive because the flathead he landed on the morning of September 21.
“I wish to fish canals for enjoyable,” Diaz tells F&S, noting that the flathead smashed his private finest by over 30 kilos. “You by no means know what you’ll catch. There’s quite a lot of fish like bass, catfish, carp, panfish, and extra.”
Diaz had already caught carp, stripers, and bluegill that morning earlier than “hooking into one thing massive.” He fought the fish for a strong 10 minutes with out laying eyes on it. At the moment, he instructed his fishing buddy Ryan Leren that he thought he probably had a personal-best fish on.
“I didn’t need to rush or manhandle the fish, since I used to be solely utilizing 10-pound line and was not anticipating to catch something too massive,” says Diaz. “He was ripping out the drag, and all I might do was hold on for the experience. I knew if I wished to see it, I must tire it out.
“After 25 minutes, we lastly noticed the monster catfish,” he provides. “And to be trustworthy, I had little religion I might land it. I assumed it was going to both snap my line or get me caught up on one thing on the backside.”
After one other 20-minutes of laborious combating, Diaz lastly landed the monster. The fish was so massive that Diaz and Leren might solely match its head inside their fishing web. It took each of them to heave the fish out of the water and onto the financial institution. Diaz says he determined to launch the flathead catfish as a result of “it was plenty of fish, and it wouldn’t all match within the freezer even when I wished it to.”
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Diaz threw the fish again into the canal and told local outlet 12News that he hopes to catch it once more sooner or later. The monster had dragged him over a 1/4 mile down the canal from the place Diaz had initially hooked him.
“By no means did I anticipate that I might catch such an enormous fish that day, particularly being unprepared on mild deal with,” says Diaz. “However that’s fishing.You by no means know what’s going to take the bait subsequent.”