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Line-Class World Record Blue Cat From Inland Lake
By AON Staff
Posted Wednesday May 30 2018, 5:12 PM
Johnny Owen with his 80-lb. blue cat.
An Oneonta man’s 80-lb. blue catfish has been certified as a line-class world record by the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame.
Johnny Owen caught the big blue catfish while fishing at Inland Lake, the industrial water supply for the city of Birmingham. The 1,536-acre lake is located in Blount County.
The catfish had a certified weight of exactly 80 pounds and was caught on 14-lb. test line.
Owen said it was cold and raining when he caught the fish from the bank on March 11. He said he was using chicken livers for bait.
Owen says he strictly targets big catfish, and his previous largest was a 63-pounder that he caught from Highland Lake in Blount County.
He says the secret to catching big cats is being patient. He said he had sat in the cold and rain for 10 hours without a bite when the world-record fish finally hit.
“He finally hit, and the fight was on,” Owen said. “I finally landed him after about 40 minutes.”
Inland Lake offers free fishing from the bank. Fishermen may also launch boats there for $5.
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