August 02, 2012
By Game & Fish Staff
Corky Lemon and his fishing partner, Terry Matheny, had a magical day on the water on July 21st, as participants in a Big Sioux Catfish league event.
While their fish count number wasn't all that impressive -- four fish between the two of them -- the total weight of their haul -- 210.25 pounds -- was incredible, including a potential new South Dakota state record blue cat that weighed a scale-breaking 99.25 pounds!
According to the Sioux City Journal, Corkey and Matheny were dropping their bait into a pair of deep and dirty holes around the west entrance of Stone Park when Matheny hauled in a 71-pound blue cat followed by Lemon's 99.25-pound whiskerfish. The pair also brought home another 35-pound blue and a five-pound channel cat.
The 99 pounder was a load for Lemon.
"That fish just about pulled me out of the boat," Lemon reports. "I've never had a fish pull that hard in all my life."
After landing the massive cat, the pair hauled the fish back in and had it weighed on a certified scale and have since applied to the South Dakota Game and Fish and Parks for state-record certification.
If certified, Lemon's blue cat would break a 43-year-old record that was held by Edward B. Elliot, who caught a 97-pounder on the Missouri river in 1969.
The world-record blue cat -- a 143 pound dump-truck-sized-monster -- was caught just last year on Buggs Island Lake, Virginia by Nick Anderson.
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