Michael Robinson succumbed to his good friend Terry Raymer’s peer stress to go fishing earlier this week—and ended up touchdown an enormous blue catfish. The duo fished on Tuesday, March 15, on a piece of the Ohio River close to Louisville. They have been utilizing skipjack lower bait. “I didn’t actually wish to go fishing, however my buddy sort of talked me into going. He was like, ‘Oh, c’mon out right here for a short while,’ Robinson tells F&S. “We bought on the market, and inside 20 minutes, the fish hit.”
“Once I first hooked into him, I didn’t actually assume he was as large as what he was. I’ve caught a whole lot of fish within the 30-, 40-, and 50-pound vary, and that’s what I assumed he was,” says Robinson. “He got here proper towards me, and as soon as he bought to the facet of the boat, he went haywire. He was making an attempt to tug me into the motor. He dove underneath the boat. He had my rod bent double. I imply, he knew he was hooked and didn’t prefer it all that a lot.”
Robinson was combating the fish with a Catch the Fever 7’ 6” medium-heavy rod paired with an Abu Garcia Ambassador 7000 reel spooled with 100-pound braid connected to an 80-pound mono chief. He says the struggle took roughly 15-minutes earlier than he may get the brute to the facet of the boat for Raymer to internet it.
“We didn’t notice how thick he truly was till truly put him up onto the boat,” says Robinson. “It took each of us to get him up over the facet. Neither one in all us may do it single-handedly. As soon as we noticed him within the boat, we have been each simply in shock. I used to be shaking. My drum was actually pumping. The hair was standing up on my arms. I used to be like, ‘dude, that is the most important fish I’ve ever seen!’”
As Robinson was getting the monster into the livewell, one other rod doubled over. Raymer rapidly boated a 30-pounder. Then the duo wished to weigh Robinson’s large fish, however they’d solely introduced a small hand scale with them. So, they known as one in all their buddies, Bryan Clark, who met them on the boat launch with a greater scale. The fish weighed in at 97.2 kilos with the online, which equates to 95 kilos with out the online. It simply busted Robinson’s earlier PR, which was a 60-pounder. After weighing the fish, Robinson launched it again into the Ohio River.
Robinson is a severe catfish angler—and catching the trophy fish is the results of 1000’s of hours spent fishing. “I goal catfish for the slam of them rods. When one in all them rods will get slammed over and also you seize it in your hand, it’s a sense you’ll be able to’t clarify. You recognize you’ve bought a monster on the opposite finish of that line,” he says. “For a bunch of us, that is what we do on the weekends. That is our getaway. We exit and hunt for these trophy cats. I’ve all the time dreamed of catching one this dimension.”
Regardless of touchdown a fish of a lifetime, Robinson doesn’t plan on stopping anytime quickly. He’s intent on catching an excellent bigger specimen, and as of Thursday, when he spoke with Area & Stream for this story, was already out fishing once more. “The following objective is to attempt to hit the triple digits. I do know there are a couple of of them which were caught in my space. I believe 106-pounds is the state record in Kentucky,” he says. “I’m hooked on fishing. I simply like it.”