People are obsessed with an 88-pound 'river monster' catfish
Saturday, Jan 5, 2019

They say a little bait can catch a big fish. And in the case of Tennessee fisher-woman Paula Cathey Smith, that’s a really, really big fish, ABC News reports.

While fishing on the Tennessee River Sunday, Smith caught an 88-pound Blue catfish, according to the outlet.

“We were probably sitting there 30 minutes, and bam!” Smith told ABC News of her fishing excursion. “He hit.”

And folks, that is one large fish.

After posing for a picture, Smith released the fish back into the wild, according to a Facebook post from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

Whether it’s an otter or a cow, people historically love large animals. And this so-called “river monster” is no exception.

Here’s what people had to say about Smith’s catch of the day in the comments section of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s Facebook post.

Many applauded her for releasing the fish.

“Not just caught (Awesome!! Incredible!! Fantastic!!!) but also released??! WOOHOOOOO!!! Good on ya, girl!!” one person commented. “This is cool. No telling how old that fish is. Bet it put up a heck of a fight. I would have turned it loose too, to live out the rest of its years in the Tennessee River,” someone wrote. “Awesome catch! Congratulations! Thank you for releasing it,” a third person said.

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