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Woman reels in 88-pound ‘monster’ catfish

Posted at 11:03 PM, Jan 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-02 23:03:35-05

KENTUCKY LAKE, Ky. – Paula Smith is not a stranger to reeling in gigantic fish, but with a few days left in the year she broke her own record by landing a massive, 88-pound catfish.

Smith, from Waverly, Kentucky, was fishing on Kentucky Lake Sunday when she broke out of a recent slump by reeling in the hulking blue catfish.

She told the Tennessean her previous personal best was an 82-pounder. It reportedly took around 10 minutes to get the fish in the boat.

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Instead of of cleaning and cooking the big fish, she released it back into the water, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.