catfish caught in a creek just outside of Omaha on Tuesday afternoon.Three fishermen are bragging about their latest catch -- an 85-pound
It's only the third time they had cast their lines into the spot along Salt Creek. The key was not in the lure, according to the anglers. They credit the pink pole used to reel in the catfish.
"After I got him on the line, we knew the pole was going to break," said J.D. Herdrich. "So we grabbed the line and started to bring him in."
The three said they fought for five minutes, pulling the fishing line by hand and finally dragging the beast out of the water.
"It came next to the shore, and my buddy just went down and picked it up, pulled it out," said Herdrich.
"I didn't want to believe it because he caught the biggest fish that I had ever imagined," said Jacob Champion.
Once the excitement settled, they weighed the fish with a hand scale. Then, they set it free.
"He was out of the water for like an hour, and then we went down to the shallow area and just pushed him back and forth in the water and revived him, and he swam off," Herdrich said.
With the monster fish back in the water, the possibility of catching it again remains.
Even if the three would have kept the fish, it would have fallen short of a record.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission said the biggest blue catfish ever caught in Nebraska was just over 100 pounds.
The fishermen said they didn't use live bait. Instead, they used a "Storm" brand lure to catch the catfish.