Congratulations Benjamin Gründer, may your story live on forever! Well, allow local Pickwick fishing guide Brian Barton to be the one to let the cat out of the bag, or rather drag it over the side of his custom-designed War Eagle 2170 Blackhawk catfish boat. This proves you don’t have to be chasing sharks with Chief Brody to need a bigger boat. To find flatheads, Barton heads to the headwaters of Pickwick behind Wilson dam on the Alabama side of the lake or the tailrace of Pickwick which is considered part of Kentucky Lake and in the state of Tennessee. Pickwick catfish bite better when the water is on the move. Barton encourages anglers who target the big fish to catch them quickly and release them healthy, as warm water temperatures can take its toll on a big blue cat that is pulled from deep water during an extended fight. RELATED: Guinness World Records- Tallest Dog. Fishing the east Mississippi marsh for trout, redfish and flounder. Benjamin Gründer, a 37-year-old professional fisherman from River Po in Italy, hooked one of the largest freshwater fish on the planet, a 9-foot-long catfish setting a new world record. It was at this moment he realized he had caught a record-breaking catfish. Fisherman Reels In 9-Foot, Record-Breaking Catfish, 4 1/2-Foot Alligator Removed From Florida School Playground, Vince Gill, Lorrie Morgan, Dierks Bentley & Terri Clark Sing “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” At Opry, New Venison-Flavored Whiskey Hits The Market Nov 14th, Andy’s First Love Interest On “The Andy Griffith Show” Asked To Be Written Off, John Legend Gets Tattoo Honoring Late Son Jack, Father & Son Attacked By Bear, Kill It In Self Defense, Venomous Snake Hiding In Outdoor Toys Bites Tennessee Toddler. He uses the same spinning and light baitcast tackle he uses for small blues but forgoes cut bait for commercially made dip baits to catch channels. “I’m going to use my iPilot trolling motor to record a trail, usually along the bottom of a ledge or channel. “I use the Secret 7 Stink Bait if I can find it,” he said. B. Backus lands a 24 lb. Benjamin Gründer, 37, is described as a professional fisherman. 2,67 / peso 127 kg )- … “I fish them on a Carolina rig suspended under a big slip cork. “Put that on the little sponge treble hooks you can buy at the bait shops. Once he posted the pictures on Facebook, the word got out about his catch and major news sources started spreading the story. At the age of 37, Gründer made history with this massive catch. Already, the place boasts a reputation for having massive catfish. Some incredibly large catfish have been caught at this location in summer, but be prepared for the fight with heavy tackle. They won’t be all the way to the bottom.”. Coming in at 8.8 feet, the catfish weighed an estimated 284 pounds. He prefers a big 7/0 Daiichi circle hook and will go as large as a 10/0 on occasion. There are not that many, I think there are two or three down through there that are programmed on the Navionics chip, but anywhere you’ve got a deeper hole or a pocket, you definitely want to hit those places.”. He temps big cats with large sections of fresh cut skipjack herring when available and cut gizzard shad or other panfish when he can’t get the river herring. The historic catfish in question had fins bigger than Gründer’s head. Benjamin Gründer, a 37-year-old professional fisherman from River Po in Italy, hooked one of the largest freshwater fish on the planet, a 9-foot-long catfish setting a new world record. He has a Gulf Coast connection and said channel cats seem to prefer shrimp to fresh cut shad or herring. He waits until night fall, usually after 11 p.m. when the dam operations have shut down for the night. Let’s face it, when considering the far and wide range of popular ponds, lakes, and big impoundments that call Mississippi home, the casual angler probably wouldn’t look at the deep, clear waters of Lake Pickwick and think of catfish. Catfishing in the state of Mississippi is mostly associated with the Mighty Mississippi River on the west side of the state. He said the biggest fish he has ever seen from Pickwick was around 15 pounds, but that 90 percent of the channels caught by recreational anglers would be in the 1½- to 3-pound range, which are just right for eating. Phillip Gentry is a freelance outdoor writer and photographer who says that if it swims, walks, hops, flies or crawls he’s usually not too far behind. “Look for wash holes. And, with his knowledge and skill, he managed to reel in the biggest and best there was…that we know of so far. It stretched a whopping 8.8 feet long and had massive fins that were bigger than Benjamin’s hand. For comparison, here is a 9-foot wels catfish caught by Italian angler Dino Ferrari early last year. The Arkansas blue cat is just as at home in Mississippi as it is in it’s native state, and Pickwick has a growing population of large trophy-sized blues and a surplus of smaller, eating-size ones. At the age of 37, Gründer made history with this massive catch. People travel to River Po all the time to fish for the legendary catfish in the river and people often catch these massive creatures but never have they caught one as long as this one. His posting on Facebook quickly gained media attention and all sorts of outlets wanted to showcase the accomplishment. Barton also likes bait shrimp that’s gone over (spoiled) just a tad. The fisherman reeled this colossus in at River Po, Italy. Posted by Benjamin Gründer on Saturday, April 7, 2018. Barton trolls for trophy blue cats and relies on his programmable trolling motor to lead the way. And it’s body overall appeared bigger than his very boat. Pickwick Dam: State: Tennessee (TN) County: Hardin: Publisher: Thompson's Community Service: Size: 3.5" x 5.5" (9 x 14 cm) Additional Details: A sixty pound catfish and two, twenty pound catfish caught below the dam. But freshwater creatures can be as impressive as their saltwater peers. The water on the face of the dam is roughly 30 feet and I set the cork to about 22 to 24 foot deep.”. ... Barton heads to the headwaters of Pickwick behind Wilson dam on the Alabama side of the lake or the tailrace of Pickwick which is considered part of Kentucky Lake and in the state of Tennessee. Barton’s trolling rig is a modified version of the popular Santee drift rig, except he uses 3- or 4-ounce pencil weights he pours himself and a T swivel in place of the standard 3-way. Receive weekly updates with the hottest new videos, festival updates, and fashion trends! Looking at the size of those fins, that’s entirely believable. I always try to troll downstream because, if you’ve got current, the fish are facing upstream. The mega-fish was never officially weighed because they didn’t have scales on-site, but the unofficial estimate for the catfish was 284 pounds. Hardin County (Tenn.) Fishing; Fishermen; Fish; Catfish; Motorboats; Rivers; Dams: 5/16/1950: RG 82 Box 23, File 137 : View Full Citation: 16858: J. Roughly two years ago, one man made history. Welcome to the New and Used Classifieds from our Dealers, Teen goes expert on a giant Adams County 12-point, Former LSU football player preaches hunter safety after accident, Cool weather means great trout, redfish action. The fisherman reeled this colossus in at River Po, Italy. Then I’ll turn around and run that recorded contour because the big cats like to hold along those edges.”. “Channels are going to be shallower and they like rock,” he said. With this experience, he likely knew how other ambitious fishermen held River Po, Italy in high regard. He also uses smaller cuts of herring, shad or the gut wad of the bait. Benjamin and his friends posed for pictures showing how gigantic it was before they released it back into the river. Fisherman Reels In Record-Breaking 9-Foot Catfish, Jimmy And Rosalynn Carter Break Their Own Record As Longest-Married Presidential Couple, Tim McGraw Shows Off Prized Fish, But His Fans Only See His Abs, One ‘Brady Bunch’ Episode Featured This Sultry Star Who Was Banned From Italian TV. Often, when thinking about underwater wonders, the ocean comes to mind. Weight estimates put it at around 284 pounds, though, again, that is an estimate. His pattern for smaller blue catfish, those destined for the frying pan, is a similar location but instead of concentrating on the bottom of the river ledge, he focuses on the top. A photograph purportedly showing a 736-pound catch adds to the collection of urban legends about monstrously large catfish. The catfish Gründer reeled in came to about 8.8 feet in length. “I think a lot of the tournament catfish guys call it controlled drift,” he said. Because of increased boat traffic and generally sunny conditions found during the summer, Barton is going to focus most of his big catfish activity during the early daylight hours and the last few hours before sunset. “Those little fellows are usually on top of the ledge right on the channel or just off the edge of it where it drops.