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by Steve McCadams

    Topping the list of fishing stories this week is the big one that didn’t get away.

    Seems Kentucky Lake angler Stacey Roark of Gleason had things going his way recently when he tied into a big fish. How big is big? Big is a relative term when it comes to fishing as what’s big to some might fall short of spectacular for others.

     And, when Roark reported landing the fish he meant it literally as he was fishing from the bank and not from a boat! His wife and cousin witnessed the spectacle too.

    “When I saw him roll up I went crazy as I had no idea how big it was,” said a jubilant Roark who called me a few days after the fishing feat. “To tell you the truth I cried once I got him up on the bank. That’s how happy I was!”

    To make a long story short it was a blue catfish that tipped the bathroom scales at the Roark home to the tune of 72 pounds!

    “Biggest one I ever caught and I didn’t even have a dip net,” continued Roark. “My old Garcia Ambassador reel wasn’t acting right but it was my drag that was too loose and kept me from getting him up close. Once I saw him I jumped in the water and rolled around the gravel with him tossing me around.”

    Incidentally, Roark was using a cut up bluegill for bait on 20-pound test Stren monofilament line and fishing at Camden Landing near New Johnsonville. He says the river channel runs pretty close to the shoreline there and it’s a good place for big catfish. He was fishing in 15 feet of water but deeper depths were close by.

    Seems anglers on the bank are always wanting to cast out as far as possible but those fishing from a boat often fish right next to shore. On this fishing day Roark was glad to be fishing from the bank, even if he did have to get his feet wet and wrestle the big catfish ashore.

    How ‘bout them apples!


Steve McCadams is a professional hunting and fishing guide here in the Paris Landing area. He has also contributed many outdoor oriented articles to various national publications.



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