Skip to comments.'Big Fin' unable to adapt to backyard pond(Family Mourns Famous 52lb Catfish; 'We Couldn't Eat Him')
Posted on 07/21/2005 10:39:06 AM PDT by nickcarraway
SIX MILE A 52-pound flathead catfish caught in Hartwell Lake didnt 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 familys 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 couldnt eat him."
Zachary McAlister, 7, Mr. Reids 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. Reids 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 dont mind the rain so much. Its that thunder and lightning that you dont 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.
Waste of meat, imo.
I would have no problem eating a big catfish like him..........named or not.......
Bury this thing in the wife's flowerbed. She'll have bonanza flowerblooms for years.
Exactly what kind of a "fish story" is this without photos!!!
I don't think a 52lb flathead would be very tasty...
pretty tough time flushin that bugger down the terlit
52 pounds of dirt.
In fact, I think it would be downright nasty.
Probably not - just the principle of the thing.
Be honest, guys...you just couldn't find a skillet that big, could you?
Couldn't handle the chlorine tablets?
All thoughts of eating the thing went out with the word "catfish". I would have fed it to my cats instead.
Catfish don't taste good after they get big.
At least Homer ate Pinchy.
They should feed it to those cats that boy has running around!
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.
Kind of reminds me of a swimming pool story I heard once...LOL
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!
Should have just taken pictures and turned it loose to begin with. Not everyone gets a chance to tangle with a 52 lb fish.
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