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Angler Catches Monster Catfish

April 5, 2012, 10:03 PM by Don Jorgensen

Angler Catches Monster Catfish
LAKE POINSETT, SD -

After a year of high water and flooding, Lake Poinsett is back and in a big way.  Anglers are reeling in some big fish.

The shores at Lake Poinsett that were lined with huge ice chunks last year have turned into a hot spot for anglers this year.

Charlie Walters of Sioux Falls found that out first hand when something grabbed his hook, something really big. 

"I was hoping it was a big walleye at first and then I knew it wasn't after awhile," Walters said.

What it was, was a monster of a catfish.

"Had to chase it around for about ten minutes before we got it in the net, got it in the boat and weighed it and it maxed out my scale. So, roughly 40 pounds or better is what we estimated," Walters said.

The Game, Fish and Parks Department says last year's high water at Lake Poinsett was bad for homeowners and cabins.  But it was actually good spawning ground for fish. Plus a lot of fish upstream found their way down to Poinsett, giving anglers a fishermen's paradise.

Walter's massive cat was so large, it barely fit in his live well on his boat.  But he wanted to show it off.

"I brought him back to the cabin to show my dad and then I had trouble getting him out there," Walters said.

Walters, who is an avid fisherman, had never caught a catfish that large before and really doesn't care for catfish all that much.  But he will enjoy showing off his pictures of the one that didn't get away.

"Awesome, I was pretty excited. I usually don't smile for pictures like that, but I had a pretty big smile on my face," Walters said.

But after the picture taking, it did get away because Walters threw it back.

The state record for a channel cat, which is what Walters caught, is 55 pounds. Roy Groves holds that record set back in 1949 on the James River.

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