A Santa Rosa County, Florida man has earned his place in the fishing record books after catching a nearly seventy-pound flathead catfish measuring nearly fifty inches in length! The man used a rod and reel to snag the fish with live bait in the Yellow River, a stretch of waterway extending more than ninety miles that winds through multiple panhandle counties, including Walton and Okaloosa County.
The new flathead catfish record bests the previous one set last year after a man caught one weighing just over 69 pounds. Coincidentally, that fish was caught in the same river as the new record holder.
Interestingly, the flathead catfish is not native to Florida despite often being spotted in the northwestern river areas of the state. The fish likes to stick rivers with slow flow and their solitary nature makes them one of the tougher catfish species to snag. The fish largely feeds on freshwater clams, live fish, crawfish, and mussels.
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