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'Big Fin' unable to adapt to backyard pond(Family Mourns Famous 52lb Catfish; 'We Couldn't Eat Him')
Independent Mail ^ | July 20, 2005 | DAVID WILLIAMS

Posted on 07/21/2005 10:39:06 AM PDT by nickcarraway

SIX MILE — A 52-pound flathead catfish caught in Hartwell Lake didn’t survive long as a family pet.

The mammoth creature hauled in by Clarence Reid died just days after the fish, dubbed "Big Fin," was placed inside a 2,100-gallon decorative yard pond with a waterfall and nearby gazebo.

The fish received notoriety earlier this month in media services from as far away as India for landing in the Creek Bend Drive pond and not the family’s skillet.

Mr. Reid said he could not bring himself to fry up what became a pet. A family funeral was held for the catfish. "Zach really liked having him around," Mr. Reid said. "We couldn’t eat him."

Zachary McAlister, 7, Mr. Reid’s cousin and a student at Six Mile Elementary, was fishing in a Keowee River section of Hartwell Lake with Mr. Reid and nephew Austin Reid, 13, a student at Westminster Middle School, when the monster fish took a bite out of the cut bait.

It took a 30-minute battle to get the catfish in the boat, but the short ride home was enough for the fishermen to forget their hunger pangs and to let their newfound love for the animal persuade them to put the prize in the pond. "I named him Big Fin," Zach said.

Zach still has plenty of pets around the Reid house, including dogs, cats and a goat.

Mr. Reid’s wife, Deborah, said the fish was ugly, but it could stay in the pond. If it got too big for the pond, Ms. Reid said she was going to get a new, bigger pond.

Mr. Reid said he still is trying to catch a bigger catfish, at night, to avoid the sweltering hot days, but the late thunderstorms can be a bit unnerving.

"I don’t mind the rain so much. It’s that thunder and lightning that you don’t want to be around," Mr. Reid said.

The state record flathead catfish tips the scales at 79 pounds, 4 ounces. The record has been on the books since 2001, when Jessica Preston of Gilbert hauled in the fish from the Santee Diversion Canal.


TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: catfish

1 posted on 07/21/2005 10:39:08 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Waste of meat, imo.


2 posted on 07/21/2005 10:40:25 AM PDT by Tax-chick (The body's entire blood supply moves through the lungs each minute.)
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To: nickcarraway

I would have no problem eating a big catfish like him..........named or not.......


3 posted on 07/21/2005 10:40:54 AM PDT by Red Badger (HURRICANES: God's way of telling you it's time to clean out the freezer...............)
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To: nickcarraway

Bury this thing in the wife's flowerbed. She'll have bonanza flowerblooms for years.


4 posted on 07/21/2005 10:41:50 AM PDT by Little Pig (Is it time for "Cowboys and Muslims" yet?)
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To: nickcarraway

No photos?


Exactly what kind of a "fish story" is this without photos!!!


5 posted on 07/21/2005 10:41:52 AM PDT by Mr. Jazzy (Bumper sticker "Martyrs or Marines: Who do YOU think will get the virgins?")
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To: Tax-chick

I don't think a 52lb flathead would be very tasty...


6 posted on 07/21/2005 10:41:53 AM PDT by T.Smith
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To: nickcarraway

pretty tough time flushin that bugger down the terlit


7 posted on 07/21/2005 10:43:00 AM PDT by Minnesoootan
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To: T.Smith

52 pounds of dirt.


8 posted on 07/21/2005 10:43:28 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Scratch a Liberal. Uncover a Fascist)
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To: T.Smith

In fact, I think it would be downright nasty.


9 posted on 07/21/2005 10:44:20 AM PDT by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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To: T.Smith

Probably not - just the principle of the thing.


10 posted on 07/21/2005 10:45:07 AM PDT by Tax-chick (The body's entire blood supply moves through the lungs each minute.)
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To: nickcarraway

Be honest, guys...you just couldn't find a skillet that big, could you?


11 posted on 07/21/2005 10:45:47 AM PDT by RichInOC (...hold tight, hold tight, hold tight, hold tight foodoodooyackisacki, I want some seafood, mama....)
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To: nickcarraway
"didn’t survive long as a family pet."

Couldn't handle the chlorine tablets?

12 posted on 07/21/2005 10:46:00 AM PDT by Deguello
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All thoughts of eating the thing went out with the word "catfish". I would have fed it to my cats instead.


13 posted on 07/21/2005 10:48:51 AM PDT by xusafflyer (Mexifornian by birth, Hoosier by choice)
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To: nickcarraway

Catfish don't taste good after they get big.


14 posted on 07/21/2005 10:48:52 AM PDT by jtminton (Help stop second hand rap!)
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To: nickcarraway

At least Homer ate Pinchy.


15 posted on 07/21/2005 10:53:19 AM PDT by Squeako (ACLU: "Only Christians, Boy Scouts and War Memorials are too vile to defend.")
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To: Tax-chick

They should feed it to those cats that boy has running around!


16 posted on 07/21/2005 11:07:41 AM PDT by T.Smith
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To: T.Smith

Great idea!


17 posted on 07/21/2005 11:10:16 AM PDT by Tax-chick (The body's entire blood supply moves through the lungs each minute.)
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To: nickcarraway
LOL!

Several years ago, my husband built a small ornamental pond in our backyard. We spent several months putting native grasses and plants in and around it.

After a disappointing fishing trip, he brought home one 'keeper', and tossed her in the pond to keep her *fresh* until he caught some more.

3 Years later, Bertha would rise to the surface INSTANTLY when my husband's shadow would fall across the top of the pond, hoping for a fat spot minnow, small perch, or even a piece of baloney. (She would also bite the holy crap out of any fingers or toes put in there too.)

We held a special 'freedom' party for her when we bought a house and got ready to move.

They guys on the opposite shore couldn't believe we released a 14 pound bass back into the river where she had come from.

18 posted on 07/21/2005 11:16:56 AM PDT by MamaTexan (I am NOT a *legal entity* or a ~person~ as created by 'law'!!)
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To: T.Smith

Me neither...


19 posted on 07/21/2005 11:54:57 AM PDT by SoDak
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To: jtminton
A few years ago I caught a 15lb catfish...He was delicious!!
20 posted on 07/21/2005 12:34:32 PM PDT by codyjacksmom (I've gone out to find myself... if I get back before I return, please keep me here!!!)
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To: laceybrookesdad

Kind of reminds me of a swimming pool story I heard once...LOL


21 posted on 07/21/2005 12:37:52 PM PDT by codyjacksmom (I've gone out to find myself... if I get back before I return, please keep me here!!!)
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To: codyjacksmom
"Deborah, said the fish was ugly"

Couldn't have been as ugly as your one eyed monster! I just can't imagine hauling in a catfish that big. I sure would love to net one that big for you babe!

22 posted on 07/21/2005 12:40:07 PM PDT by laceybrookesdad (A half truth is a whole lie!)
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To: nickcarraway

Should have just taken pictures and turned it loose to begin with. Not everyone gets a chance to tangle with a 52 lb fish.


23 posted on 07/21/2005 12:48:26 PM PDT by swmobuffalo (the only good terrorist is a dead one)
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