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Blake Gentry set the new a lake record with his gigantic catfish caught on Twin Buttes Reservoir near San Angelo.

The flathead catfish weighed 73.35 pounds and was 53 inches long.

“This is the biggest fish I have ever caught,” Gentry said.

Well no kidding, Blake!

While it is a huge catfish, from the look of things, I hope Blake wasn’t in a rush to get the oil heated up for a fish fry.  Where I come from, unless it’s a Channel or Blue Cat, it’s not good eats.

The state record flathead catfish was actually caught in our own backyard.  James Laster hooked a 98.5-pound catfish on Lake Palestine in 1998 — with a minnow, for Pete’s sake.

Check out all of the state fish records here.