WXYZ - One Michigan native is reeling in a new state record!
Rodney Akey was still-fishing on shore of the St. Joseph River when he caught the fish of a lifetime.
Akey broke the previous record of 47.5 lbs, 44 in with a 49.8 lbs., 45.7 in catfish on May 22.
"I've been fishing catfish on the St. Joseph River for the last 20 years, but it never crossed my mind that I would catch a state record," said Akey. "And beating a nearly 70 -year record - that's a feat in itself!"
The previous record was set in 1943 by Elmer Rayner on Maple River in Ionia County.
Scott Hanshue, a DNR fisheries biologist of the Plainwell Office confirmed the record. Weight is the deciding factor for state records, the fish must exceed the current record weight then be verified by a DNR fisheries biologist.
Check out the full photo of the catfish above!
Copyright 2012 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Top Entertainment Headlines
The Detroit stop of Kid Rock's "$20 Best Night Ever" U.S Summer Tour just keeps expanding to meet demand as the superstar has now added an eighth date.