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Tennessee woman reels in 88-pound 'monster' catfish

By Ben Hooper
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Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Wildlife officials in Tennessee shared a photo of a woman posing with a gargantuan 88-pound catfish she reeled in while fishing on a lake.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said Paula Cathey Smith was fishing on Kentucky Lake when she managed to get the "river monster" into her boat.

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The post said Smith released the big fish back into the lake.

The fish was a "personal best" for Smith, but it wasn't a state record. The largest blue catfish on record in Tennessee was a 112-pound fish reeled in by Robert E. Lewis in 1998.

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