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Episode 50

Who can identify the specific beast in the image below?


Clue #1:

It weighed nearly 60 pounds in the image above.

Clue #2:

It was nearly 50 inches long in the image above.

Clue #3:

It took over an hour and 20 minutes to reel it in.

Clue #4:

It lived and possibly still lives in Portage Lakes.

Clue #5:

It lived and possibly still lives in the East Reservoir of Portage Lakes.

Clue #6:

It was caught using a Rapala lure on 10-pound test line.



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It's the huge Flathead Catfish that Keith Baker (from Uniontown with work in Hartville) caught and
then released on April 26, 2008 during a bass tournament held at the Portage Lakes to raise money
for children:

The then 57 pound 12.4 ounce, 49.5 long, 34 girth beast may still be lurking where it was caught
and released in the area shown below:


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The Suburbanite story is at: Big Cat of the Portage Lakes.

The record Ohio Flathead Catfish weight is 76.5 pounds with a length of 58 5/8 inches. It was
caught on July 28, 1979 in New Philadelpia in Clendening Lake as documented at:
Current Ohio Record Fish.



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